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Rs. 23-cr. drainage project for Gobichettipalayam

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BREEDING GROUND FOR MOSQUITOES: Keeripallam odai has become narrow due to dumping of waste on its sides. - PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
BREEDING GROUND FOR MOSQUITOES: Keeripallam odai has become narrow due to dumping of waste on its sides. - PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

R. Sundaram

Municipality plans to supply water every day Municipality plans to supply water every day

Municipal administration seeks help of the Government to disilt Keeripallam odaiRs. 3.30 crore required for cleaning the sewage canal

ERODE: Gobichettipalayam Municipal Council has given green signal to the Rs. 23-crore underground drainage project in Gobichettipalayam. Consent for this has already been sent to the Tamil Nadu Government, said Gobichettipalayam Municipal chairman Kandavel Murugan on Tuesday.

Mr Murugan told this reporter that the work would be commenced after getting sanction from the Central and State Governments. The municipality's share would be around Rs. 55 lakh and the remaining funds would be collected as loan and subsidy from the Governments.

Disilting

The sewage from houses was now being discharged to the Keeripallam odai, which is running through the heart of Gobichettipalayam town. The odai, which comes under the Public Works Department, emanates a foul smell. He said owing to lack of funds the municipality could not desilt it. So the municipal administration had sought help of the Government in this regard. He said Rs. 3.30 crore was required for the desilting work.

Fund raising

The chairman said: "The local MLA K.A. Sengottiyan is taking all efforts to obtain funds from Government for the desilting process". The odai is getting narrowed day by day owing to the dumping of waste on its sides. So when it rains the sewage will overflow, making the lives miserable for the people living on either sides of it.

Gobichettipalayam town is getting Bhavani River water and the municipality is having its pumping station at Sengalakarai village. Overhead tanks are located six kilometres away from the pumping station. Owing to pressure the pipelines burst often and the water supply will get affected. Even two days ago the pipelines were damaged and water supply affected. The chairman promised that from Wednesday morning water supply would be restored.

Kandavel Murugan said the municipality was planning to supply water every day. A proposal of Rs. 4 crore was made in this regard. Since the Municipality was not having enough resources, he wanted the Government to provide the fund. The garbage collection work in six municipal wards has been given to SHGs. He said the municipality had purchased a site at Nathipalayam, where a solid waste management unit would be started.

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