Monday, May 24, 2010

Water supply scheme hangs fire

Thiruvananthapuram: At a time when the Water Resources Department and the Kerala Water Authority are basking in the afterglow of the commissioning of the Japan International Cooperation Agency-aided scheme in the city, a 10-year-old water supply project, designed to provide water to eight panchayats adjoining the capital city, is fighting for life.

The latest hurdle in the path of the scheme is that a 1,000-page tender document for awarding a contract to lay a �reach of the pumping main pipeline has gone �missing from the Secretariat here.

It was in 2000 that the foundation stone for the Ayilamkadavu drinking water scheme was laid. The project was designed to generate 11 million litres of drinking water a day for five panchayats in Kazhakuttam, one in Attingal and two in Kilimanoor. The sanctioned outlay for the Centrally-funded scheme was Rs.21 crore.

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