The Kerala Water Authority informed an Assembly Committee here on Tuesday that the Alappuzha Drinking Water Project, envisaged to provide drinking water to Alappuzha municipality and eight surrounding panchayats, would be ready for commissioning by 2013.
The Assembly Committee, led by Chairman V.S. Sunil Kumar, MLA, was reviewing the progress of the project at the collectorate here. KWA officials said the project was being delayed due to a few technical snags that could be solved with the intervention of the government.
The digging of roads to lay pipelines had faced opposition from the National Highways Authority of India, and this required urgent intervention by the government. Otherwise, according to the officials, the work was progressing smoothly with the water purification plant at Karumadi being completed and another raw water treatment plant to be tendered by February 28.
The committee, which said a 104 per cent tender excess for the Karumadi plant would be investigated, also sought to know why crucial projects taken up by the KWA were lagging behind schedule. A similar drinking water project at Cherthala, implemented with financial assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency should have been completed in 2003 but was completed only in 2012. This trend had to go, the committee said.
Apart from Mr. Sunil Kumar, the committee comprised A. Pradeep Kumar, K. Kunjiraman, James Mathew and Ludy Luis, MLAs.