Work on Rs.5.94-crore Thatchanallur water scheme to begin today

P. Sudhakar

TIRUNELVELI: Work on the Thatchanallur drinking water scheme, an ambitious project of the civic body envisaged to quench the thirst of over 36,000 population comprising a significant number of below poverty line families from ward No. 1 to 4 and part of ward No. 5, will be launched on Sunday.

The Minister for Industries, Nainar Nagendran, in the presence of the Mayor, A. Jayarani, and the Commissioner, D. Chandrasekaran, will perform the `bhoomi puja' at a simple ceremony to be held on Sunday, which will mark the beginning of the Rs. 5.94-crore project to be executed within 365 days.

The Tamil Nadu Urban Development Finance, which has agreed to fund this project, will release Rs. 2.17 crores as loan and Rs. 1.76 crores as grant as more than 60 per cent of the beneficiaries is from BPL families. The contribution of the Corporation will be Rs. 1.99 crores.

The source of water of this project - three huge wells with a 4.50 metre diameter to supply 54 lakh litres a day - will be dug at Suththamalli village close to the Tamiraparani, the lifeline of the district, from where water will be pumped by 10 HP motors through 20 cm-dia iron pipes to a ground-level water tank to be constructed with a capacity of 3 lakh litre.

Again a 75 HP motor will pump water from the ground-level tank to an overhead tank with the capacity of 3 lakh litre.

"In addition to the existing overhead tanks at Thatchanallur and Karaiyiruppu, we have planned to construct four more overhead tanks at Ilanthaikulam (3 lakh litre), Thatchanallur (5 lakh litre), Melakarai (3 lakh litre) and Chidambara Nagar (1 lakh litre) to ensure an effective distribution of drinking water to the residents of this region through pipes, including the ones to be laid during the implementation of the project," Mr. Chandrasekaran told The Hindu.

Though the Corporation would have to annually allocate Rs. 21.55 lakhs for maintaining the project, every beneficiary would be getting 110 litres of protected drinking water a day.

"Despite `acute financial crunch' the Corporation is facing, we are giving top priority to provide adequate quantity of protected drinking water to every resident living under the Corporation jurisdiction. Hence, we initiated the work on KTC Nagar Drinking Water Project, which will be ready by January-end and we have planned to complete the Thatchanallur scheme by December 2006," Ms. Jayarani said.

"We have started the preliminary works on the Ponnakudi drinking water scheme for the people in the peripheral areas. So the Tirunelveli Corporation will be the only civic body in the whole of Tamil Nadu to provide adequate quantity of protected drinking water to its residents as per the norms prescribed by the World Health Organisation," she added.