Urban local body team visits reverse osmosis plant in city

TOWARDS BETTER GOVERNANCE: Metrowater officials brief a team of officials and elected representatives of urban local bodies on the reverse osmosis plant at Ayodhyakuppam on Thursday. Photo: K. V. Srinivasan  

Staff Reporter

Other Metrowater projects also covered as part of its programme

CHENNAI: A team of officials and elected representatives of urban local bodies from across the country visited the reverse osmosis plant of Chennai Metrowater at Ayodhyakuppam here on Thursday.

The 20-member team, which is undergoing training at the Administrative Staff College of India in Hyderabad, also visited other Metrowater projects including the Rain Centre at Anna Nagar. On Wednesday, it studied the comprehensive sewerage project of Alandur municipality. And impressed by the implementation of the project, the team members said this could be a model for other urban bodies in various States.

One lakh litres of water

Briefing the team, Metrowater officials said the reverse osmosis plant supplied one lakh litre of water every day to about 5,000 residents of fishing hamlets.

The maintenance cost worked out to Rs.18 per 1,000 litre of treated water.

The coordinator of the team and professor at the Administrative Staff College, Srinivas Chary, said the visit was part of a seminar, organised by Change Management Forum, a wing of the college, which brought together elected representatives and officials every six months to discuss water and sanitation practices in various parts of the country.

He said the programme focussed on the community-involved initiatives.