The Ernakulam District Development Committee has decided to complete the remaining pipe-laying work from Muvattupuzha River to West Kochi under the JNNURM scheme on a war-footing basis. District Collector M G Rajamanikyam, who presided over the meeting, said that supply of potable water is a very important task and there would not be any compromise on that.
“The pipe-laying work will resume at areas where it was disrupted by Monday.
The work will be completed by this week. The project which was scheduled to complete by January should not be delayed further,” he said. MLAs Benny Behnan and Hibi Eden have raised the issue in the meeting.
They said that there is acute shortage of potable water in Thrikkakkara Municipality, Cheranalloor panchayat, Maradu Municipality and various other places in Kochi corporation.
“Pumping from Aluva is not sufficient to meet the requirement in the city and suburbs. The issue would become severe in the summer,” they pointed out.
Jose Thettayil MLA said that Kerala Water Authority and Irrigation Department have to take steps to solve the potable water crisis in Malayattoor- Neeleeswaram region.
Ludy Louis MLA said that the misuse of public taps is rampant in the city.