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Expanding beneficiary base:Work on laying the drinking water distribution main pipeline commences at Teacher's Colony in Palayamkottai on Wednesday.
Expanding beneficiary base:Work on laying the drinking water distribution main pipeline commences at Teacher's Colony in Palayamkottai on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Corporation plans seven overhead tanks, ground-level sump

TIRUNELVELI: Work on laying the major drinking water pipeline to take water from the Teachers' Colony overhead tank (OHT) to the other OHTs being constructed in other parts of the wards 19, 26 and 27 commenced on Wednesday.

Following gradual and steady expansion of the outskirts of Palayamkottai, the Tirunelveli Corporation planned to execute a major drinking water project at a cost of Rs. 17.80 crore for the benefit of the residents who had settled down on the periphery of the civic body. After Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin laid the foundation stone for this scheme during one of his visits to the district, actual physical work commenced, on November 5, 2009.

The Corporation had planned to construct seven overhead tanks at Ezhil Nagar (3 lakh litre), Thamizh Nagar (2 lakh litre), Teachers' Colony (2 lakh litre), Thirumal Nagar (3 lakh litre), Perumalpuram (4 lakh litre), Canara Bank Colony (2 lakh litre) and Kumaresan Nagar (3 lakh litre) and a ground-level sump with a capacity of 2 lakh would be constructed at Teachers' Colony.

Since water from the 9 infiltration wells to be sunk in Tamirabharani at Suththamalli would be collected in this ground-level reservoir and then pumped to the overhead tanks, it was expected that the distribution of water would be smooth and effective.

Being the ‘first point' of this drinking water project, main pipes with 280 mm diameter would be laid from the Teachers' Colony overhead tank at 1 meter depth to take water to the other OHTs.

After performing the ‘puja,' excavation work for laying the pipes commenced on Wednesday in the presence of Assistant Commissioner (In-Charge), Melapalayam, Karuppasamy and Madhavan of the Erode-based firm that would execute the project.

By April 2011

Though the corporation administration wanted to commission this scheme by December-end, it was reliably learnt that the work would be completed only by April 2011.

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