For Mettur – Salem Water Supply Scheme
Salem City Municipal Corporation has sought financial assistance from the State government for setting up two sub-stations in Mettur at a cost of Rs. 9.93 crore for the supply of electricity to the Mettur – Salem Dedicated Water Supply Scheme.
The civic body had earlier requested the Mettur Electricity Power Distribution Circle, TANGEDCO for supply of 4.2 MW power to pumping station in Thottilpatti and 4.8 MW power to booster station in Komburankadu.
TANGEDO had in turn sought Rs. 10 crore for land acquisition and Rs. 6.5 crore for setting up of sub-station at these places.
A corporation official said that the civic body is not financially sound enough to bear the entire cost and has requested the government for assistance. “Once funds are received, work would be completed and trial run would begin,” he added.
Officials told The Hindu that over 80 per cent of the work has been completed under Phase I, as construction of filter bed for water treatment work is in progess, apart from laying of pipelines for a total length of 2.5 km from Arabic College to Mamangam along the National Highway.
“Permission has been sought from NHAI for laying pipelines,” the official added. Under Phase II, construction of 22 overhead tanks has begun while laying of pipelines to connect residential areas is to start soon.
The project is implemented at a cost of Rs. 320 crore as water would be pumped from the downstream of Mettur Dam, treated at Thottilpatti and clear water stored for 30 minutes before being carried through pipeline and treated at the water treatment plant in Komburankadu.
The water would be transmitted through a pipeline before being sent through the existing Mettur – Salem – Attur water supply scheme.
Once the project is completed, every resident will receive 135 litres of protected drinking water every day as per The Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO) norms.
On an average, residents receive water every ten days in the 60 wards, as the civic body receives 12 MLD through Mettur – Salem old scheme, executed in 1950 and 53.5 MLD through Mettur – Salem – Attur Combined Water Supply Scheme, executed in 1990.