TAMIL NADU

Works to be completed by March, 2005

TIRUCHI, JAN.19. The underground drainage schemes, being executed by the TWAD Board in Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Mayiladuthurai and Karur-Inam Karur under the National River Conservation Programme, were progressing as per schedule and these would be completed well within the stipulated gestation period, the Superintending Engineer of TWAD Board, Tiruchi, R. Rajagopal, has said.

The Thanjavur, Mayiladuthurai and Karur-Inam Karur UGD schemes would be completed by March 2005. Efforts were being made to complete the Tiruchi-Srirangam-Golden Rock project by September 2005, 10 months ahead of the gestation period of 36 months, Mr. Rajagopal, who is in-charge of the UGD projects in the circle, told The Hindu here today.

Providing details of the progress of the works, Mr. Rajagopal said the Srirangam-Golden Rock project was moving at a rapid pace and already 11.05 km of sewer lines have been laid over the past three months, well above the target of 5.05 km for the said period.

The project entails the laying of sewer lines for a total distance of about 182 km. About 790 manholes have so far been constructed against the target of 650 for the three-month period ending December 31, 2003. In all, as many as 6223 manholes have to be constructed.

Sewer lines for a distance of about 15.74 km under the Karur-Inam Karur UGD project have been laid. A total of 95.80 km of sewer lines are to be laid. At Mayiladuthurai, about 19.50 km of sewer lines have been laid as against the total distance of 87.34 km. At Thanjavur, sewer lines have been laid for a distance of 45.55 km as against the total distance of 296.80 km.

Deposit collection in full swing

Our Thanjavur Staff Reporter reports:

The collection of deposits for the underground drainage project being implemented in the town is going on a war footing, according to the Municipal Commissioner, R. Mannar.

The municipality has to contribute Rs. 12 crores towards the Rs. 73-crore project, funded by the Central and State Governments. To pay this amount, the civic body has been collecting a deposit of Rs. 5,000 each from domestic consumers and from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 from commercial consumers. "This year, we have to pay Rs. 3.53 crores. We have so far collected Rs. 1.35 crores, and the rest has to be mopped up before March 31," he said.

The Commissioner has been visiting all wards, and appealing to the residents to pay up.

He visited Shanthi Colony, Arulananda Nagar and South Street today, and urged the people to help the municipality complete the project by the deadline of March 31, 1995.

"Those who could not pay the deposit at a go may pay in two instalments," he said.

He claimed that the works taken up by the TWAD Board were going on as per schedule. Of a total of 30,000 residential connections, 7,000 connections had been completed. A total of 11,771 manholes had been dug. About 35 per cent of the total works have been completed.

The Commissioner said the Government ordered acquisition of land for putting up a treatment plant at the Ranisamudram lake. Works on five pumping stations were going on.

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