A revised plan for taking treated water from the sewage-treatment plant at the Government Medical College here to the Canoly Canal will be executed as soon as the Kerala State Pollution Control Board (PCB) and the Public Works Department clear it, A. Pradeep Kumar, MLA, said here on Thursday.
A submission of his on the issue in the Assembly got the reply that permission from the Board and the department would be sought for the revised plan, a press release from the MLA’s office here said.
The original route of the pipeline had to be changed as people living on the way came out in protest. The revised plan changed its alignment to go through Mavoor Road.
The release said part of the treated water would be used for flushing and watering the garden on the medical college campus and the rest emptied to the canal. The Kerala Water Authority, responsible for working out the cost of the revised plan, has submitted an estimate of Rs. 6.15 crore to the Principal of the medical college.
The treatment plant was set up in 2009 at a cost of Rs. 6.75 crore. The water authority was given Rs. 2.24 crore to take the treated water to the canal, but the people’s protest stalled the plan.
At a meeting presided over by the Chief Minister and representatives of the residents’ associations on August 3, 2012, a decision was made to take the pipeline through Mavoor Road. At a meeting attended by the Health Minister and Mr. Pradeep Kumar on November 12 that year, it was decided to use a portion of the treated water for watering the garden and flushing on the college campus.