Excise Minister K Babu on Friday said Rs 80 crore has been sanctioned for the construction of the Edakochi-Kannangattu bridge. “Piling has already been started on an experimental basis. Soon we will move on to the tendering process,” he said at a function on the completion of a Hudco project at Pampayi Moola.
With the completion of the project, around 100 lakh litre of water could be distributed in the Palluruthy-Edakochi area. The government has decided to give Rs 23 crore for the completion of JNNURM drinking water project by December. With the completion of project, water will be pumped for about 13 hours instead of seven hours.
As a follow-up process, measures have been initiated to replace the pipes from Palluruthy till Pashnithodu. The work will cost about Rs 3.25 crore.
The Minister said work worth Rs 30 lakh, which is included in the drought relief fund, was also being undertaken simultaneously.
Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas said with the completion of the project, the efforts of many activists have been rewarded. The Minister said at this juncture, we should also give priority to rain water harvesting. Dominic Presentation MLA presided over the function. Kerala State Water Transport Department board member Johny Areekkattil and councillors Carmili Antony, P D Suresh, Prem Kumar, Thambi Subramaniam also attended.