Staff Reporter

Owing to delay in commencement and inflation, says official

The projects cover wards 8,9,10 and 19, 26, 27

Cost of both works together has gone up by Rs.2.74 crore

TIRUNELVELI: The Corporation has been forced to revise the estimates of two major drinking water projects for wards 8, 9 and 10 of Thatchanallur Zone and wards 19, 26 and 27 of Melapalayam Zone, thanks to the increase in inflation in the country.

Even after these wards witnessed substantial growth in the recent past, the local body could not supply protected drinking water in adequate quantity to the residents and hence it was decided to execute two drinking water schemes with the funding of Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Funds Service Limited, Chennai.

While it was decided to implement the drinking water scheme for wards 8, 9 and 10 at a cost of Rs.3.97 crore, another plan at an outlay of Rs.15.95 crore for wards 19, 26 and 27 was also designed in 2007-08.

However, the delay in getting the funds and executing the projects has resulted in an escalation of Rs.2.74 crore of the project cost.

“Owing to the delay in commencing the project and the inflation, the TWAD Board, the executing agency, was asked to prepare fresh estimates. As per the new approximation submitted by the TWAD Board, drinking water scheme for wards 8, 9 and 10 will cost Rs.4.51 crore and the Corporation will have to spend up to Rs.18.15 crore for the second project. Hence the corporation has to approve the revised estimates,” a corporation official said.

Project Management Unit to be set-up

If the revised rates are approved, a Project Management Unit with two Assistant Executive Engineers, four Assistant Engineers / Junior Engineers, four Technical Assistants, each one Assistant, Junior Assistant and Office Assistant will be set-up to execute the drinking water programmes.