VMC looking for company that can take up the task with trenchless technology

The proposal to construct a new outfall drain in One Town appears to be gaining momentum with Pune-based Ghani Constructions Limited (GCL) expressing interest in taking up the task of constructing a box culvert near Gandhi Hill.

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is looking for a firm that could construct a box culvert with trench-less technology in Gandhi Hill area in view of railway lines passing through the area. The corporation officials wrote a letter to Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) in Vijayawada about the firm. They told the Railways that the GCL would make a presentation on the technology and the projects it executed. The project would take off if the Railway officials were satisfied with the technical know-how and expertise of the firm, officials say. The GCL is stated to have taken up similar tasks in Mumbai and Hyderabad. It constructed culverts under railway tracks using trench-less technology. The VMC is ready to deposit requisite amount with the Railways if the latter was interested in taking up the construction of drain on its own. Generally, the Railways takes up construction if bridges, flyovers, road-over-bridges and the like pass through the area where its property is located, officials explain.

The Railways, initially, did not agree for the proposal stating that signal cables were passing through the area. The Railway officials feared that any disruption in signals or railway lines would have cascading effect on various railway locations in the country because a good number of trains pass through Vijayawada to reach important cities and places.The new outfall drain is mooted in view of “heavy load” on Nizam Gate and Gandhi Hill outfall drains, which were constructed during the British rule. These outfall drains are not capable of flushing out the storm water swiftly.

JNNURM programme

The corporation has prepared a detailed project report for constructing a ‘box culvert' parallel to the existing outfall drain near Nizam Gate. It is one of the components of modernisation of drainage system in One Town. The corporation is also planning to submit a proposal to the Central government for taking up the outfall drain under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programme, officials say. It may be recalled that these drains were choked last year leading to inundation of One Town. The existing drainage system in One Town was designed in 1930.