It hit a roadblock following non-allocation of funds under UIDSSMT

The Public Works Department (PWD) has temporarily “dropped” the Karaikal Water Supply Scheme that was mooted in February 2010 to augment water supply infrastructure in the central zone of the region and meet the demands of a growing population.

In a review meeting of flagship programmes called by the Chief Secretary (CS) R. Chandramohan on February 23, the minutes of which has been uploaded to the Department of Planning and Research website, the Executive Engineer of the PWD had informed the CS that the Karaikal Water Supply Scheme “has been dropped.”

Speaking to The Hindu on Wednesday, officials at the PWD said though technical clearance for the Rs. 38.39-crore project was received from the agencies concerned, the scheme hit a roadblock following non-allocation of funds under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT) by the Ministry of Urban Development.

Works such as re-laying of major pipelines with increased diameter, building of several overhead tanks to draw water from new sources and laying of new pipelines for the buildings were proposed under the scheme.

A senior official directly involved with the project said that a new proposal would be made to revive it in the next financial year. Also, the PWD has decided to approach National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development for the funds instead of the UDISSMT, he said.