Staff Reporter

For a permanent solution to flooding in Thampanoor

Tender after completing formalities in Delhi

Project to be completed within two years

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A Rs.41-crore storm water drainage project chalked out by the City Corporation for finding a permanent solution to the flooding of low lying areas of Thampanoor, Pazhavangadi and East Fort in the capital has been cleared by the Union government.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Friday, Mayor C. Jayan Babu said the project had been cleared from the Rs.48.5 crore revised project submitted by the Corporation during the presentations held in Delhi on January 13 and 14.

“We are awaiting the completion of the formalities in Delhi and to tender the work at the earliest. The project, being cleared under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), will be completed in a time-bound manner within two years. On completion, the flooding will be avoided,” he said.

The Mayor said funds had to be found for rainwater harvesting in buildings coming under the project area as it was not cleared by the Centre although it was made a component of the revised project.

The project had been cleared for the central zone comprising Thampanoor, Pazhavangadi and East Fort. As many as five primary canal and nine secondary canals fall under the zone.

Under the project, Rs.885.05 lakh had been earmarked for removing the silt along 6,000 m of Amazhinjan canal, dredging, construction of side walls along the stretch and silt pit.

A sum of Rs.500.09 lakh had been provided for dredging of 7,000 m of Pazhavangadi thodu, construction of side wall and silt pit.

Side walls will be constructed along 1,100 m of Thampanoor thodu and a silt pit will be set up at a cost of Rs.172.43 lakh. A sum of Rs.213.86 lakh had been provided for constructing side walls and silt pit at East Fort and Pazhavangadi.

Groins will be laid where the Akkulam lake meets the Veli lake at a cost of Rs.1,189 lakh. The Mayor said the work would be under the supervision of the Harbour Engineering Wing. A permanent solution for the water hyacinth issue would also be found along with this.

He said a railway culvert would be constructed parallel to the existing culvert at Thampanoor. A sum of Rs.1,000 lakh had been provided under the project for the culvert across the Pazhavangadi thodu. The Mayor said the money for the work of the culvert would be deposited with the Railways, which would be executing the work.

The Mayor said a detailed project report would be prepared by the Corporation for zone one and zone three.

Besides the Mayor, Corporation Secretary Johnson K. George and Town Planner, KSUDP, J. Jayakumar, who presented the report in Delhi, were present at the press conference.