Tirupur Corporation begins providing UGD connections

Better facilities: Under Ground Drainage connection being given to a household at Teachers Colony in Tirupur on Friday. —

Better facilities: Under Ground Drainage connection being given to a household at Teachers Colony in Tirupur on Friday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: M. Balaji

Staff Reporter

Residents asked to pay deposit immediately

TIRUPUR: Tirupur city on Friday joined the league of cities that have Under Ground Drainage (UGD) system. The civic body commenced extension of connections to households and other buildings in the city.

Mayor K. Selvaraj inaugurated the work at Teachers’ Colony.

On the first day, more than 100 houses were given the connection. The New Tirupur Area Development Corporation Limited (NTADCL) that implemented water supply project to the knitwear industry of Tirupur and local bodies had created the facility for the system in the city. It had even laid pipelines to over 13,000 buildings from manholes to avoid cutting of roads and constructed treatment plant and pumping stations.

Mr. Selvaraj appealed to the residents to avail themselves of the facility to improve public health condition and beauty of the city. He recalled the Government order accepting the Tirupur Corporation’s proposal collecting the deposit amount in 10 equal instalments.

The residents need to pay Rs.6,000 as deposit for households and Rs.15,000 for other commercial buildings.

Mr. Selvaraj said that UGD connections would be extended to the households immediately after the payment of first instalment. The remaining nine instalments could be paid in every six months.

He noted that the local body had not invested much to create the facility. The present facility covers 37 of the 52 wards of the city.

The Corporation has chalked out a plan to cover the left out areas under the scheme. Though the NTADCL had put the system in place, it took more than one-and-a-half-years for the local body to activate the facility. Commissioner M. Ashokan said that the local body was equipped to provide 100-odd connection every day. “Once we give connection to 2,000 buildings, the trial run, including pumping and treating the sewage, will begin,” he said.

Mr. Ashokan said that new buildings need not construct the septic tanks as they could directly connect their waste water with the sewerage system.

Of the nearly 15,000 buildings in the city, only 3,000 have paid the deposit so far.

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