The Japan-aided drinking water project for Kozhikode will be ready for commissioning by April next year, District Collector C.A. Latha has said

The work on the project was expected to be completed by March, she said at a meeting of the district development committee (DDC) here on Saturday.

Nearly 13-lakh people residing in Kozhikode Corporation, Balussery, Nanmanda, Kakkoor, Kakkodi, Chelannur, Narikkuni, Kunnnamangalam, Kuruvattoor, Peruvayal, Perumanna, Kadalundi, Olavanna, and Thalakulathur grama panchayats would be beneficiaries of the scheme.

Project director and superintendent engineer of Kerala Water Authority K.G. Harshan told the meeting that nearly Rs.805.6 crore had been spent so far on the water project since it was launched in 2007.

On completion

When completed, it would pump into the water supply system nearly 174 million litres of water daily. This would be kept in 20 storage tanks.

As many as 17 of these storage tanks were ready. Four more would be ready in four months.

E.K. Vijayan, MLA, told the meeting that enough land was available in his Assembly constituency of Nadapuram for an ESI super-specialty hospital that had been offered by Union Minister of State for Labour Kodikunnil Suresh for Kozhikode if land was made available.

Protection from wolves

The MLA also moved resolutions seeking protection for the people from wolves at Kavilumpara in his constituency and adequate compensation for houses that were recently damaged in lightning.

Posting of more doctors at government hospital at Kuttiadi, ban on tipper lorries near schools during school hours, and speeding up of the work on fisheries harbour at Vellayil were the other demands put forward at the meeting.

MLAs K. Kunhammed, P.T.A. Rahim, V.M. Ummer, C.K. Nanu, and K.K. Lathika, district panchayat president Kanathil Jameela, K. Moideen Koya, representative of Minister for Panchayats M.K. Muneer, and District Planning Officer M.A. Ramesh Kumar were present at the meeting.

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