To provide drinking water to Perumatty, Pattancherry

A comprehensive water supply scheme to provide drinking water to Plachimada village in Perumatty grama panchayat in Chittur will be partially commissioned next week.

The project, costing Rs. 400 lakh, is expected to benefit 32,000 people who are facing acute drinking water shortage.

The project will utilise the perennial water source in the upstream of the Kunnamkattupathy regulator in Moolathara village. It has been exclusively built to supply drinking water to Perumatty and Pattancherry grama panchayats, where the Coca-Cola unit allegedly depleted groundwater.

The State Assembly had last week passed the Plachimada Tribunal Bill to provide compensation to the people affected by the operations of the Coca-Cola unit. The functioning of the unit had allegedly led to depletion of groundwater and polluted it making it unfit for drinking or irrigation purposes. It is also a rain shadow area thus preventing recharging of the depleted groundwater.

The comprehensive Plachimada water supply scheme is basically a rainwater harvesting project.

Assistant executive engineer of Chittur R. Jayachandran said the Centre had funded Rs. 200 lakh for the project while Rs. 200 lakh was received from the Backward Region Grant Fund.

The main components of the project — clear water supply and laying of pumping main (250-mm DI pipe) — have been completed. Trial run is in progress and it will be commissioned in March.

Though work on a proposed 2.2-MLD treatment plant was yet to be started, the scheme could be made operational by utilising the idling 1- MLD pressure filter of another KWA scheme. Hence the scheme can be partially commissioned immediately, Mr. Jayachandran said.

He said the distribution network of nearly 20 km. had already been completed.

The existing intake well-cum-pump house of the KWA will be utilised for the new scheme.

The commissioning of the project can eliminate the ongoing huge drain of public exchequer by way of tanker lorry supplies of drinking water even during the monsoon.