Proposal worth Rs.9.20-crore to be sent to government
The Tiruchi Corporation has proposed to take up major renovation works at the pumping stations of the city's three important drinking water sources on the Cauvery River at an estimated cost of Rs.9.20 crore.
The renovation works are planned at the Main Pumping Station, Kamabarasampettai Pumping Station and the Golden Rock Drinking Water Scheme pumping station near Ayyalamman Padithurai.
Apart from replacement of some machinery and equipment, the Corporation has also proposed to build a new footbridge to carry the water pipelines from the Kambarasampettai Drinking Water Pumping Station to replace the existing bridge which had sunk about two feet into the river bed in July 2008, giving some anxious time for the Corporation engineers.
The bridge was temporarily repaired then; the Corporation has now proposed to build a new footbridge at an estimated cost of Rs.4.10 crore. This apart, new radial arms are planned around the collector well of the Golden Rock Drinking Water Supply Scheme at an estimated cost of Rs.1.60 crore.
The original radial arms had been in disrepair over the past few years and the Corporation had been forced to sink a series of bore wells around the collector well to pump water.
An official resolution on the proposal was approved by the Corporation Council at an urgent meeting held on Thursday with S.Sujatha, Mayor, in the chair. The proposal would be forwarded to the government for approval.
Corporation sources indicated that achieving better energy efficiency and savings would be one of the thrust areas of the renovation works.
The corporation has already engaged a consultant to suggest energy saving measures at the pumping stations.
Though repairs and overhaul have been done periodically, no major renovation had been taken up at the pumping stations over the past two decades. The renovation works were being planned now keeping in mind the requirements of the city over the next 20 years, officials said. Earlier, the Council approved the award of contracts for the next batch of works to be taken up under the Special Roads Scheme 2010-11, utilising an additional allotment of Rs.5.15 crore from the government.
Speaking on the resolution, O.R.Sriraman, Communist Party of India, urged the officials to concentrate on the quality of roads being laid in the city and regretted that patchworks taken up on roads recently were peeling away.
V.Jawahar of the Congress observed that laying roads from end-to-end was affecting percolation of rain water into the ground, thereby preventing recharge of aquifers. He suggested that only arterial roads be re-laid end-to-end.
Mr.Jawahar also urged the Corporation to build drains along roads and desilt drainage channels in the city.
Commissioner T.T.Balsamy and officials were present.