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Drainage work delay adds to woes

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Relaying of six roads can’t be taken up though funds were allocated six months back

Pavali Road that has not been re-laid owing to delay in execution of underground drainage work in Virudhunagar.
Pavali Road that has not been re-laid owing to delay in execution of underground drainage work in Virudhunagar.

More than five years have passed since the underground drainage work was taken up here. But the facility is yet to be put to use as the work still remains incomplete.

The contractor was issued warning several times and even slapped fine. Still many works are pending. Collector T.N. Hariharan, who recently reviewed the work, has set a fresh deadline of March 31 for the completion of the project that began in August, 2007.

The contractor had attributed the delay to inconvenience caused by the narrow lanes and difficulty in digging up the hard and rocky soil. Underground drinking water pipelines and telephone cables added to the problem. However, despite all support extended by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board, the executing agency, and the Virudhunagar municipality, the work was being delayed by the contractor, the Collector said in a statement. Out of the total length of 41,632 metres of pipe-laying work, the contractor laid pipelines for only 39,003 metres. Underground pipes had to be laid for 2,599 metres, 65 manholes constructed and 1,209 domestic connections must be given in the town.

Councillor K. Jayakumar said that the delay had been causing inconvenience to the residents in more than one way. “The project could not be put to use. Without the completion of the work, relaying of six roads could not be taken up though the funds for the work was allocated six months back,” he said.

Road work

Municipal sources said that using the Rs. 3.25 crore sanctioned in two phases, the local body had re-laid 38 roads. Road repair work could not be taken up on Munni Street, Sivankoil Street, Kacheri Road, Kadalaikara Street, Vallikutti Street and Andikinattru Street.

Also restoration work on State highways such as Pavali Road and Madurai Road, the main bus routes, could not be taken up owing to delay in execution of work by the TWAD Board. While Pavali Road was handed over to the Highways only recently, the work on the nearly one-km stretch of Madurai Road was likely to take more time.

Potholes on these roads made it difficult even for those riding bicycles, residents complained.

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