Staff Reporter

MLA convenes meeting of officials concerned

KOTTAYAM: The first phase of the much-delayed Muvattupuzha Valley Irrigation Project (MVIP) will be completed before March 31, 2010. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of officials called by Mons Joseph, MLA. As per the earlier decision, the project was to be commissioned in March, 2011. However, by speeding up the work on certain key areas, the project could be made functional by the coming dry season, Mr. Joseph said.

According Project Chief Engineer Rajasekharan Nair, all works under the Kuppanthara, Koothattukulam and Piravom divisions are over. The hitches in completing the works at Mulakkulam Branch Canal, the Kuravilangad-Kidangoor-Kadappoor distributaries, and the various issues concerning the works at Kaalicavu, Manjoor and Kuruppanthara have been sorted out by the chief engineer, it was informed.

A breakthrough was achieved in the discussions with the Railway authorities on the issue of the aqua duct at Kothanallore Ezhuthonipaadom when it was agreed to construct the duct over the railway line.

The work on the aqua duct will begin on December 21, Mr. Joseph said.

Issues sorted out

With all the technical issues connected with the construction of the canal across the railway line being sorted out, the work will move fast, he said.

Work will begin in January for the Karikkode distributory in the areas where acquisition has been completed. Work on connecting the shutters at the main distributaries and branch canals would also begin soon, he said.

Mr. Joseph said the canal would be cleaned and cleared of the wild plants and bushes and the sediment deposited over the years before the completion of the first phase.

Manjoor grama panchayat president C.M. Venugopal, vice-president Susan Garvasis, MVIP engineers and officials from various Departments participated in the meeting chaired by Mr. Joseph.