Civic body’s Uratchikottai water supply scheme continues to delay
There seems to be no end in sight to the water crisis faced by the people in the town as the Erode Corporation’s ambitious Uratchikottai water supply scheme continues to suffer from delays.
The civic body had come up with the scheme in 2008 to bridge the yawning gap between the demand and supply of water in the town. But the civic authorities are still struggling to finalise the detailed project report of the scheme and get the approval from the State government.
Sources said the consultants appointed by the government prepared separate project reports – one for the erstwhile municipal area and another for nearby local bodies (four municipalities, two town panchayats and five village panchayats). Since these local bodies were merged with the Corporation limits recently, the consultants were merging the two project reports. “The schedule of rates is also being revised as the cost of various materials has gone up. So the cost of the project is likely to be revised upward,” a senior official here said.
A few months ago, the civic body came up with the project report with an estimate cost of Rs. 409 crore and Mayor Mallika Paramasivam promised that the implementation of the scheme would commence before the end of this year.
“It will take at least a year to commence the implementation of the project. Since we are merging the project reports and revising the rates, we have to get approval from the Commissionerate of Municipal administration. Then we have to submit the report to the government seeking funds. This requires a lot of time,” sources here said.
Once the government gives the final nod, tenders have to be floated. “There are a lot of works to do before we commence the implementation. The project is nowhere near the implementation stage,” sources pointed out.
The total water requirement of the town, according to the estimates, is over 67 million litres of water per day (mld). But the civic body has the capacity to draw only around 54 mld of water under different schemes.
Civic authorities struggling to finalise the detailed project report of the scheme The schedule of rates is also being revised as the cost of various materials has gone up
Civic authorities struggling to finalise the detailed project report of the scheme
The schedule of rates is also being revised as the cost of various materials has gone up