KOCHI: The Maradu Water Treatment Plant and drinking water project will be commissioned by January 2015. Announcing the decision on Thursday, Minister for Urban Affairs Manjalamkuzhy Ali said the launch of the project would be a perfect gift to the city which is reeling under acute potable water shortage.
As per the `250 crore (revised estimate) project, water will be drawn from Pazhoorkkadavu in Muvattupuzha river and treated at the plant in Maradu with a capacity of 100 mld. Once the project is launched, Kochi City will get an additional 25 mld water. The other beneficiaries of the project are Maradu municipality, Kumbalam, Kumbalangi and Chellanam panchayats. “The minor hurdles will be resolved before the commissioning,” Ali said. He was speaking after visiting the treatment plant at Maradu. MLAs Benny Behanan and Dominic Presentation, Deputy Mayor B Bhadra, councillor M B Muraleedharan and Maradu municipal chairman Deva Rajan accompanied him.
The work of the Welcome Pump House, pump sets, transformers, the pumping line to draw water, gravity mains and the treatment facility has been completed. Almost 90 per cent of the work of installing the pumping mains to various reservoirs is also over. The pending works mainly include the laying of pipes through the Aroor Railway cross to provide water to the Aroor and Chellanam reservoirs. The sanction for laying these pipes from the authorities concerned is expected soon, the Minister said.
For the Maradu Water Treatment Plant, 1,000 KWA electricity connection is required. Once the necessary clearance is obtained from the Electrical Inspectorate, the pumping to Maradu and Kumbalam areas can begin. There will also be provisions to supply drinking water through tanker lorries from the plant to areas in Kochi and neighbouring municipalities hit by water scarcity.
Every day, water will be supplied to 100 tankers from the plant. “This will ensure that only clean water is supplied through the tanker lorries,” the Minister said.
The project was initiated in 2007 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. However, the work was delayed several times owing to the protests launched by the residents in Piravam area against the digging of roads for laying the pipe. The delay in getting the permission from the NHAI to cut the road also delayed the project implementation.