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Corporation begins work to lay Siruvani line in unapproved layout

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OFF TO A START: Coimbatore Corporation's South Zone Chairman P. Pynthamil launches the work for laying Siruvani water line at Azad Nagar in the city on Thursday. - PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
OFF TO A START: Coimbatore Corporation's South Zone Chairman P. Pynthamil launches the work for laying Siruvani water line at Azad Nagar in the city on Thursday. - PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

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It will provide water to 27 layouts

COIMBATORE: A more than two-decade wait for piped drinking water supply seems to be coming to an end for the 533 unapproved layouts in the city. The Coimbatore Corporation began on Thursday the work to lay a main supply line at Azad Nagar coming under Ward 54 at Karumbukkadai.

After assuming power, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government announced a scheme for the regularisation of unapproved house sites across the State. More than 20,000 of the 28,000 sites in these layouts had been regularised in the city.

Basic amenities

The scheme was for only regularising the sites and not the buildings. This was to enable the provision of basic amenities such as drinking water supply through house connections, streetlights, roads and drainage.

Councillors had been demanding water supply connections saying that the people in these areas suffered without adequate drinking water. It was supplied in tankers once in four or five days to all the unapproved layouts and this cost the Corporation Rs. 1 crore every month.

"Now, the supply lines in these layouts will cut this expense for the Corporation," South Zone Chairman of the Corporation P. Pynthamil said.

"This is the first unapproved layout taken up for laying water supply lines. The work costs Rs. 65 lakh. It will benefit more than 20,000 people," he said. Ward 54 came under South Zone.

The new line would provide water under the Siruvani scheme to 27 layouts, including two that had already been approved.

For connections

"The pipeline work will be completed in a week from now. The residents will have to apply for connections and these may be provided in 15 days from the date of applying," Mr. Pynthamil said.

The Corporation had already said that instead of laying roads first, it would start with laying the water lines so that the roads were not damaged.

Corporation sources said that with more water to come from the Pilloor II Phase drinking water scheme recently cleared by the Central Government, the Corporation was confident of meeting the demand from the more than one-lakh existing connections and the nearly 20,000 to be given in the unapproved layouts.

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