Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The city can explore the possibility of finding out new drinking water sources to address the increasing potable water demand. The project can be included in the drinking water component of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-assisted infrastructure development projects, said A. Jayathilak, project director of the Kerala Sustainable Development Project (KSDP).

He was taking part in an interactive session on the ADB-aided projects organised for the Corporation councillors at the council hall on Tuesday.

Kochi Corporation had sought restructuring of the drinking water component of the ADB-aided project so as to include the identification of new drinking water sources. Originally, there are no proposals in the ADB programme for identification of new water sources.

The civic body had demanded that the availability of the service of expert officials for projects like sanitation be ensured while implementing the project. The officials should be redeployed for the smooth functioning of the projects, the civic body suggested. On the demand of the civic body, the KSDP officials clarified that the municipal corporations will be making the appointments to the project implementation units.

The proposal for earmarking funds for the Palluruthy Parallel Road, Kannagad Madhura Company Bridge, Fort Kochi Veli-ITC and Mantra Canal Roads could be taken up in the second phase. The proposal for a flyover from Panampilly Nagar to Pallimukku could also be taken up in the second phase, the corporation was informed.

The KSDP said that municipal corporations would be the implementing agency for the projects funded by the ADB. The head of the project implementation unit will report to the Corporation Secretary and the Secretary in turn will report to the corporation council.