Rs.40 crore for modernising distribution network in city
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that the State government will immediately revive the Rs.1.78-crore package for solving the acute shortage of water in the city.
He told presspersons here on Saturday that two new pumps, having 220 HP and 100 HP, would be allotted to the city shortly to strengthen the pumping of water. The tendering process for installing the pumps would be completed by Monday.
The Managing Director of the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) had been asked to issue orders for allocating pumps to Kozhikode if there were any pumps available at any other region, the Chief Minister said.
The city has been facing a drinking-water crisis for almost a month on account of the frequent repair of old pumps and faulty pipes. Some of the pumps at Mavoor, Muzhikkal, Poolakkadavu and Kuttikkatoor treatment plants are nearly 40 years old.
Mr. Chandy said that the government had already allocated a sum of Rs.40 crore for modernising the water distribution network in the city. Old and leaky pipes would be replaced.
Tenders had been invited, though an administrative sanction had to be accorded. The drinking-water problem would be solved with the implementation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency-aided project in the district. As of now, the city required 140 million litres daily (mld) of water but the KWA is able to distribute only 60 mld every day. Though 84.75 mld is treated every day, water is wasted because of leaking pipes and improper distribution network.
Minister for Panchayats M.K. Muneer also hinted that the government would sanction Rs.50 lakh for the constitution of a Blue Brigade to expedite repair works. Currently Thiruvananthapuram city has this round-the-clock facility.
The system failed to take off in Kozhikode as no funds have been allotted earlier. The District Collector has been asked to give a report on the steps taken for solving the water problem.
Dr. Muneer would present this report to the Chief Minister. The issues would be discussed at the mass contact programme of the Chief Minister on November 5. If required, the KWA managing director would be summoned for a meeting.