Staff Reporter

KWA project to make use of surface water

The area is noted for its stir against Coca Cola

Scheme to be implemented within a year

PALAKKAD: The Kerala Water Authority (KWA) has taken up a Rs.4-crore comprehensive water supply scheme for Plachimada and the adjoining non-covered and partially covered habitations of Perumatty and Pattencherry grama panchayats in Chittur taluk.

A seven-year-old agitation of the local people is going on in Plachimada against the over-exploitation of groundwater by a unit of soft drink giant Coca Cola that had resulted in the drinking water scarcity in the area.

The new project will make use of the surface water impounded in the upstream side of the newly constructed check-dam at Kunnamkattupathy, which is a rainwater harvesting project where groundwater potential is alarmingly deteriorating.

Half of the cost of this project was sanctioned under the Backward Region Grant Fund by the Central government.

Assistant Executive Engineer, KWA, Chittur, R. Jayachandran said that the major component of the scheme — a 5-km stretch of clear water pumping main had already been tendered and a 7.5 lakh-litre capacity overhead service reservoir is in tendering stage.

The scheme, which was accorded administrative sanction in 2003, had been in cold reserve till 2007 when the former District Collector K.S. Srinivas took personal interest in getting technical sanction to the detailed project report prepared by the KWA, Chittur, he said.

By implementing this project by the KWA within a year, the perpetual potable water crisis in Palakkad can be solved.

It will also stop the ongoing huge drain of revenue expenditure by way of tanker lorry supplies of drinking water even during the monsoon season in Chittur, Mr. Jayachandran said.