The Rs. 31.91-crore project has been envisaged for a length of 92.5 km
At last Perambalur Municipality is on the verge of getting an underground drainage facility.
Despite becoming the district headquarters as early as 1995, it remains more of a village panchayat in terms of infrastructural facilities with the open drains being an eyesore and a health hazard.
This Rs. 31.91-crore project, which would benefit the entire population of the municipality, about 50,000 according to 2001 census, is expected to be completed in about a month.
Though the agreement for the scheme came into being as early as 2008, the actual works started only on May 7, 2010.
Originally it was scheduled to be completed by this May-end.
The scheme, envisaged for a length of 92.5 km (for which 2.55 km pipeline had to be laid with the approval of the National Highways Authority of India and 16.5 km pipelines with permission from the State Highways) would connect at least 17,000 households and about 2,000 institutions and commercial establishments.
According to Collector Darez Ahmed, who inspected the final phase of the works of the sewage treatment plant of the project along with Municipal Commissioner P.Gurusamy, construction of sewage chambers in individual houses for linking with the pipelines of the underground drainage had been completed in most of the places.
Hence, the project would be commissioned soon.
Official sources told The Hindu that the treatment plant costing in total Rs. 3.17 crore is capable of handling 4.2 million litres a day.
As some of the small streets had been left out of the original plan, it had been proposed to connect them also.
For this, a revised proposal had been worked out and a plan for laying pipelines to a length of 21.78 km had been submitted to the government seeking sanction for Rs. 9.5 crore, the sources added.