Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the construction work of Pathalam regulator-cum-bridge across the Periyar connecting Eloor and Kadungaloor here on Thursday.

Since he was indisposed, Mr. Chandy inaugurated the event over phone. During his inaugural address, Mr. Chandy expressed hope that the project would address the longstanding difficulties faced by the people in the locality.

The drinking water issues and scarcity of water for agriculture needs experienced in Eloor and Manjummel regions are likely to be resolved with the implementation of the project.

In his telephonic address, Mr. Chandy said that the project will be completed within two years.

Water Resources Minister P.J. Joseph in his presidential address said that the project will address the drinking water problems of the people in the locality.

Union Minister of State for Food K.V. Thomas said that the contribution of a certain per cent of the profit of the Kochi Refineries towards the development of the city helped its growth.

Public Works Minister V. K. Ibrahim Kunju said that all hurdles will be surmounted to complete the project in a time bound manner.

The project is expected to cost about Rs. 60 crore. Of this, Kochi Refineries has agreed to contribute Rs. 11.05 crore. Mr. Kunju said that technical sanction worth Rs. 54 crore has been given for the project.

The project envisages a two-lane bridge of 7.50 meter each and a regulator at a length of 180 meters. The project will also receive the assistance of NABARD. Approach roads complete with drainages will be constructed for the project.

This entails acquisition of just 25 cents of puramboke land along the Pathalam area. Besides, service road will also be constructed for the convenience of the local people.