Combined water supply scheme work begins

Special Correspondent
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The Rs.1,295-crore project involves bringing water from Cauvery to parts of Vellore district

S.S. Vasan, Chief Engineer, TWAD Board, Vellore Region, explaining to Vellore Collector Ajay Yadav the salient features of the scheme in Kazhinjur on Thursday.— Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan
S.S. Vasan, Chief Engineer, TWAD Board, Vellore Region, explaining to Vellore Collector Ajay Yadav the salient features of the scheme in Kazhinjur on Thursday.— Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

Work under the Rs.1,295-crore Combined Drinking Water Supply Scheme (CWSS) began in the Vellore Corporation on Wednesday.

It involves bringing water from the Cauvery at Thottilpatti village downstream of the Mettur dam and upstream of Sekkanur barrage in Salem district to different parts of Vellore district through main pipelines for a length of 313 km from Sekkanur to Arakkonam.

Digging of earth started for the construction of ground-level sumps in Kazhinjur and Katpadi under Package-III of the 3-Package scheme, while the work in Package-I and Package-II commenced recently.

The scheme envisages supply of 181 million litres of water per day (MLD) by the time of its completion in September 2014, and 215 MLD in 2042. It would benefit the Corporation, 11 municipalities of Tirupattur, Vaniyambadi, Ambur, Gudiyatham, Pernambut, Arcot, Ranipet, Walajapet, Arakkonam, Jolarpet and Melvisharam, five town panchayats of Alangayam, Natrampalli, Udayendram, Odugathur and Pallikonda and 944 wayside rural habitations. The scheme is being designed for a projected population of 21.50 lakh in 2027 and 24.46 lakh in 2042.

Ajay Yadav, Vellore District Collector, along with officials of the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board, inspected the work of digging for the construction of ground-level sumps at Kazhinjur and Katpadi in the Corporation on Thursday.

He told reporters that the entire project would be implemented in three packages. Package-I involves the laying of main pipelines from Sekkanur to Kadathur (80 km), Package-II from Kadathur to Vaniyambadi (85 km) and Package-III from Vaniyambadi to Arakkonam (148 km). The contracts for executing all the three packages have been entrusted to Larsen & Toubro.

Cauvery water would be treated at the source and the treated water pumped from Sekkanur to Kadathur with the help of three booster pumping stations, while it would flow by gravitation from Kadathur to Arakkonam.

On completion, the scheme would yield 135 litres of water per capita per day (LPCD) (against the present supply of 50 LPCD), 90 LPCD in the municipalities, 70 LPCD in town panchayats and 40 LPCD in the village panchayats. Branch pumping mains to a length of 1,294 km would be laid under the scheme. Besides, 173 ground-level sumps and 35 overhead tanks (capacities ranging from 30,000 litres to 9.60 lakh litres) would be constructed and 184 electric motors installed under the scheme.

The survey for the laying of main and branch pipelines and other works has been taken up simultaneously in all three packages, and the work too would be executed simultaneously in all the packages, he said.

S.S. Vasan, Chief Engineer, TWAD Board, Vellore Region; M.S. Manoharan, Executive Engineer, CWSS; D. Ilangovan, Assistant Executive Engineer; P. Ramsekar and A. Selvaraj, Assistant Engineers; and K. Hariharan, Project Manager, L & T Construction (Water and Effluent Treatment), accompanied the Collector during the inspection.

  • Entire project will be implemented

    in three packages

  • Larsen & Toubro bags the contract

    for all the three




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