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Work to supply more water to Kurichi, Kuniamuthur to start soon

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The Hindu         03.01.2018  

Work to supply more water to Kurichi, Kuniamuthur to start soon

The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board will soon begin work to supply more water to Kurichi and Kuniamuthur. Sources in the TWAD Board said with the State Government issuing a government order to start work, the Board would start the work soon.

The aim of the Rs. 395.41 crore work was to supply additional water to Kurichi and Kuniamuthur - the two municipalities that merged with the Corporation in 2010 - and also to six other areas - Thudiyalur, Vellakinaru, Vilankurichi, Chinnavedampatti, Saravanampatti and Kalapatti.

Once implemented, the residents of the aforementioned areas would get as much water as those in the old city (60 wards) - 135 litres per capita a day (lpcd). At present they get anywhere between 40 and 70 lpcd and that too only once in eight to 10 days.

The sources said that the TWAD Board had designed the project in such a way that it would cater to the needs of the residents till 2048. The population then would be 5.31 lakh and water supply 81 million litres a day.

The Board would tap Siruvani water for the purpose - 35 million litres a day - at Kovaipudur Pirivu on Perur Road from the main line that supplied water to the Gandhi Park reservoir. To make good the diversion, the Board would supply an equal quantity of Pilloor water to the city.

Water tanks

The Board would construct two huge water tanks of 15 lakh litre capacity (master balancing reservoirs) - one in Press Enclave to take of Kuniamuthur’s needs and another in Pillaiyarpuram to take care of Kurichi’s needs.

It would also construct 18 over head tanks of smaller quantity to manage distribution to various areas. Along with the 26 over head tanks in the maintenance of the Coimbatore Corporation, the total tanks available for equitable distribution would go up to 44 in the two localities.

To the households, the Board would also lay pipelines with the longer diameter to supply adequate water, the Board sources said and pointed out that the minimum width of the pipelines would be 110 mm. At present, the maximum width of the pipelines stood at 90 mm.

The move would benefit 48,462 households and 2,146 non-domestic water connection owners in the two localities.


Alternate day water supply to continue in city

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The Hindu         15.09.2017

Alternate day water supply to continue in city

Water sources at Kambarasampettai have been fully recharged, say Corporation officials.Photo: M. MoorthyM_Moorthy  

Until Mettur reservoir is opened for irrigation, says Corporation

Though the recent spell of rain has improved the groundwater table, especially in and around the Cauvery river, the city’s main water source, the Tiruchi Corporation has decided to enforce alternate day water supply until the Mettur reservoir is opened for irrigation.

The civic body, which was facing drinking water crisis due to unprecedented fall in its sources, resorted to alternate day water supply scheme from the second week of June. The water table had gone down badly at Kambarasampettai, where one of the Corporation’s water sources is located. To tide over the crisis, the Corporation sank more than 20 borewells to augment the water supply.

In recent months, the civic body has been facing the wrath of residents, who resorted to road rokos complaining of erratic and short supply of water. However, the current rain during the south-west monsoon has altered the situation to a great extent. According to sources, the water sources at Kambarasampettai have been fully recharged. The water table has increased appreciably due to rain and release of water in the Cauvery for drinking water purpose. All bore wells including the newly sunk ones have also been recharged.

The recharge of sources has also helped the Corporation to stabilise the water supply to its residents to an extent. Incidentally, the protests for drinking water have also come down.

However, officials are in no hurry to restore daily supply. A senior official of the Corporation told The Hindu that there had been appreciable improvement in water sources at Kambarasampettai. However, the water table at Coleroon has not improved much. It was likely to increase only when steady flow of water was maintained in the Cauvery. The restoration of daily water supply would run into trouble without complete recharge of water sources in Coleroon.

With the Mettur dam expected to be opened for irrigation soon, the official said the Corporation would review the ground situation in the first or second week of October before taking a decision on restoring daily water supply.


Corporation to mobilise Rs. 60 cr from deposit revision

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The Hindu       12.09.2017 

Corporation to mobilise Rs. 60 cr from deposit revision

The Coimbatore Corporation hopes to mobilise Rs. 60 crore from its recent effort to hike the deposit to drinking water connections. The Corporation has said that those who had availed of water connections prior to October 1, 2013 should pay Rs. 4,000 or so if the connection was for their house, Rs. 7,000 or so if the connection was a bulk connection, the same amount if the connection was for commercial use and Rs. 12,000 for industrial use.

The Corporation says that it hopes to mobilise around Rs. 50 crore from those domestic connections that were in use prior to October 1, 2013. At present the Corporation has 1.83 lakh domestic connections.

Similarly, it hopes to raise Rs. 18.27 lakh from bulk connections, another Rs. 4.64 lakh from commercial and Rs. 78.45 lakh from industrial connections.

In all, the estimate is that the civic body would get around Rs. 60 crore.

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