KERALA

KWA plan to replace concrete pipeline network

Constant bursting of dilapidated network forces authorities to examine proposals

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The repeated bursting of one of the pre-stressed concrete (PSC) pipelines ferrying water to the Medical College Hospital within a span of two weeks has focussed attention on the dilapidated condition of these lines that service several parts of the city.

The top-brass of the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) have consistently turned a deaf ear to several requests made by middle-level KWA engineers over the last two years for a total replacement of all PSC pipes in the city's drinking water network. The last of such proposals was submitted about a month ago.

According to the Chief Engineer (South) of the KWA Abraham Zachariah the latest proposal has been earmarked for a detailed investigation. "I have asked the engineers to prepare a detailed design plan for replacing the PSC pipe network. This would require about Rs.30 crores," he told The Hindu today.

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