Special Correspondent

Tenders to be finalised within a month

Plan to complete the project within 18 to 24 months

The project has been split into eight major packages

TIRUCHI: Tenders for the Rs.144.86-crore drinking water supply augmentation scheme for the City is expected to be finalised within a month as the price bids were opened here on Monday.

The project, financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), would increase the per capita drinking water supply to 135 litres a day and ensure equitable distribution to all parts of the City.

The Corporation hopes to complete the project within 18 to 24 months, from the date of award of the work orders.

The new scheme will tap about 48.2 million litres a day (MLD) from three infiltration wells on the Coleroon River immediately on completion and about 90 MLD in the ultimate stage by 2039, when the city’s total drinking water requirement is projected at around 180 MLD.

Currently, about 86 MLD is tapped from the Cauvery River.

About 35 additional overhead tanks (OHTs) would come up in various parts of the City under the new scheme, in addition to the existing 54.

Additional distribution mains have been proposed for a total stretch of about 232 km.

The project has been split into eight major packages such as laying distribution mains, improvements to existing line and construction of overhead tanks.

Tenders have been called for six packages. The price bids were opened Tuesday at a meeting chaired by the Commissioner T.T.Balsamy, R.Raghunathan, Chief Engineer, Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, S.Raja Mohammed, City Engineer, and representatives of the bidders and WAPCOS, the project management consultant.

Corporation officials said the tenders would be finalised after the approval of the Technical Committee.

This and other process would be completed within a month, they said.