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Drinking water project to be commissioned before April 15

P. Sudhakar
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Here is good news for residents of wards 19, 26 and 27 as the much-awaited drinking water scheme for them, executed at an outlay of Rs.17.80 crore, is expected to be commissioned before April 15 following a trial run to be conducted within a fortnight.

As final works like connecting the main pipes near the overhead tanks, installing the electric panels in the pump houses, giving facelift to the pump rooms etc. are to be completed, trial run of this ambitious drinking water programme to check for leakages, if any, is to be taken-up within March 25.

“Once the election model code, now clamped on the entire district in view of the Sankarankovil by-poll, is withdrawn, we will start working on commissioning the project before April 15,” a senior official of Tirunelveli Corporation told The Hindu on Thursday while appealing to the public to pay the deposit amount immediately for getting the drinking water connection.

These wards, mostly housing middle and upper middle class families, are located on the periphery of the corporation limits thus experiencing extreme drinking water crisis for the past several years owing to rapid expansion and non-availability of a drinking water scheme, the massive project was designed by the local body to give around 11,000 drinking water connections including 10,750 domestic and 250 commercial connections in these three wards.

The Corporation has constructed seven overhead tanks at Ezhil Nagar (3 lakh litre), Thamizh Nagar (2 lakh litre), Teachers' Colony (2 lakh litre), Thirumal Nagar (3 lakh litre), Perumalpuram (4 lakh litre), Canara Bank Colony (2 lakh litre) and Kumaresan Nagar (3 lakh litre) and a ground-level sump with a capacity of 2 lakh at Teachers' Colony.

The overhead tank at Mahizhchi Nagar with a capacity of 4 lakh litre and the ground-level tank with the capacity of 8 lakh litre have been renovated to make the supply more effective.

Since water from the 9 infiltration wells, all sunk in Tamirabarani at Suththamalli, would be collected in this ground-level reservoir and then pumped to the overhead tanks, it was expected that the distribution of water would be smooth.

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