The long-pending underground drainage work in Pudukottai town and its suburbs is expected to be completed by March-end and the district administration has taken all steps for expediting the programme.

It was originally planned to execute the underground drainage work at an outlay of Rs.32.16 crore. Later the project cost was revised and the government sanctioned a revised outlay of Rs.48.16 crore for the project.

Accompanied by officials from Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board and municipal officials, the District Collector, C.Manoharan, inspected various works being executed under the scheme, which was designed about six years ago, on Wednesday. The total cumulative length of sewer line within the municipal limits is about 135 km.

He inspected the sewage treatment plant coming up at Maruppurani Pulvayal. On noticing that only 70 per cent of the works had been completed on the treatment plant, the Collector sought explanations from the TWAD Board officials and the contractor for the inordinate delay. He directed them to complete all the works by March 31 and bring the project to public use without any further delay.

He inspected the works of laying the pipelines in progress at Janaki nagar and on Kovilpatti road.

K.Arumugam, Assistant Executive Engineer, Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board and R.Murugesan, Municipal Commissioner, were present.

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