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THE TEMPO WEAKENS: Work on underground drainage going on at a snail's pace at Tiruvanaikovil in Tiruchi. PHOTO: R. M. RAJARATHINAM.
THE TEMPO WEAKENS: Work on underground drainage going on at a snail's pace at Tiruvanaikovil in Tiruchi. PHOTO: R. M. RAJARATHINAM.

M. Balaganessin

This time the deadline for completion is put off to September

TIRUCHI: The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, implementing agency of the Tiruchi-Srirangam underground drainage project, has once again extended the deadline for the completion of the project, causing much concern to the residents of the city.

The project, being executed under the National River Conservation Programme, involved an outlay of Rs.116.67 crores.

Though the Board assured that the project would be completed by March this year, a few months behind its earlier promise, the deadline for completion stands once again postponed. This time to September this year.

The fresh problem now the Board is faced with is in the form of rise in the groundwater table, following the floods and torrential rains last year, particularly in Srirangam and Tiruvanaikovil.

The inordinate delay in its execution came in for severe criticism at a recent meeting of the Corporation Council, when the councillors expressed their agony, explaining the `lethargic attitude' of the TWAD Board in realising the inconvenience being caused to Tiruchiites.

The Srirangam zonal chairman, R. Manohar, said the project had lost the tempo with which it was taken up initially. Even on streets or roads where it had been taken, the work was not completed at one go but in piecemeal. A few other councillors said the erratic filling up of the ditch and damaging the pipelines were other problems caused a prolonged inconvenience to the members of the public at several residential areas.

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