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PROTEST: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra members staging a demonstration at Kavundampalayam, near the city, on Wednesday demanding speedy implementation of drinking water scheme. —
PROTEST: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra members staging a demonstration at Kavundampalayam, near the city, on Wednesday demanding speedy implementation of drinking water scheme. —

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‘Re-tender delayed process and solution to scarcity in Kavundampalayam’

COIMBATORE: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) staged a demonstration at Kavundampalayam on the city’s northern border to condemn what it called undue delay in the implementation of a drinking water supply scheme.

A combined water supply scheme for the Kavundampalayam Municipality and Vadavalli Town Panchayat is to be implemented at Rs. 30 crore to supply 11 million litres a day to the municipality and five million litres to the town panchayat. Water is to be drawn from River Bhavani.

Efforts

The AIADMK alleged that efforts were being made to make it appear as though the scheme was drawn up and also implemented only during the term of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government.

Party activists carried empty pots on their head to show their protest over the slow progress of the scheme.

Former Chairman of the municipality M. Rajendran questioned the rationale behind calling for fresh tenders. He said this only had delayed the implementation.

The scheme was first announced in the Assembly on August 1, 2004 during the AIADMK regime, he claimed.

The process of finalising the bids was over on February 22, last year.

But, the Assembly elections in May that year had halted all works.

Had the works begun on time, the scheme should actually be heading for completion in September this year.

“But, the earlier tenders were cancelled and fresh ones were called for in January this year. This was a political move aimed at holding back the scheme for launch by the Chief Minister (M. Karunanidhi). This has resulted in the work not having started yet,” Mr. Rajendran said.

Crisis

Had it started on time, the scheme should have progressed to the extent to which the one for Kurichi and Kuniamuthur municipalities had till now.

But, the delay only worsened the water crisis in Kavundampalayam, the former Chairman said.

“We (during the AIADMK rule) got Rs. 6 crore subsidy (out of the total project cost) for Kavundampalayam and Rs. 3 crore for Vadavalli. Though there is no change on that front, the delay in the works taking off is very frustrating as people get water only once a week or 10 days. The new scheme can ensure supply on at least alternate days,” Mr. Rajendran said.

AIADMK propaganda secretary Edappadi Palanisamy and former legislator from Tirupur C. Sivasamy took part in the demonstration.

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