With the work on the first water treatment plant under the ‘Theertham’ project of the Kozhikode Municipal Corporation set to be completed by May 20, the authorities expect to start distribution of water cans by May 25.
The first plant, being set up on the premises of the old corporation office building near the beach, will be officially inaugurated in the third week of May, Mayor Thottathil Raveendran said while laying the foundation stone for the second plant at Elathur Industrial Estate on Monday.
The Theertham project is being executed by Kudumbasree, while Delhi-based Dharana Infrastructure Private Limited, specialised in similar projects, is the implementing partner.
The project aims at supplying purified drinking water in cans at nominal rates so that everyone could afford it.
Water pumped from safe sources will be chlorinated scientifically after which it will go through phases like dual media, iron remover, and reverse osmosis before being collected in stainless steel containers.
In the first phase, the cans will be distributed at the rate of ₹20 per can in households and apartments.
Offices and merchant outlets will be included in the second and third phases respectively.
The work on the second plant is expected to be completed in 40 days.
Meanwhile, the corporation’s attempt to set up a plant on Francis Road encountered resistance from residents associations.
Corporation Secretary Mrinmayi Joshy performed the switch-on of the 12-minute documentary on the project.
Deputy Mayor Meera Darshak opened booking for cans by accepting booking from former Mayor A.K. Premajam. Those interested shall book for cans at the Corporation Kudumbasree Office from Tuesday onwards.