Civic body decides to take up pipeline bursts with govt.


PWD accused of declining sanction to replace old pipes

The corporation council on Thursday decided to take up with the government the frequent bursting of drinking water pipes in the city.

Water pipe bursts at Eranhipalam Junction and Florican Road last week had not only affected drinking water supply in Malaparamba but also disrupted traffic in the northeastern parts of the city.

Raising the issue in the council, BJP member E. Prasanth Kumar, representing Chevarambalam, alleged that the Public Works Department (PWD) had declined sanction to replace old pipes that were more than 30 years old, especially those at Eranhipalam and Florican Road.

However, Thomas Mathew of Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) said the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) should replace the pipes in a time-bound manner, and that the PWD should repair roads after digging them up failing which elected representatives would face the wrath of the people.

Congress leader P.M. Suresh Babu said the public still believed that the civic body was supplying water in the city. Mayor Thottathil Raveedran said a meeting had been called with KWA officials on January 3 to discuss the issue.

The commissioning of the Japanese-drinking water project is the cause for pressure building up in water pipes.

On the mushrooming of private football grounds, health standing committee chairman K.V. Baburaj said the corporation planned to levy tax on commercial spaces. The council also discussed issues in Kalluthankkadavu colony, traffic congestion on Beach Road, Nellikkode Industrial Park, and the granting of licence for pet dogs.

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