Water Resources Minister P J Joseph has said that there would be an end to pipe-bursts in the city within a year. “A Rs 40-crore project has been launched by the department to renovate the pipeline from Aruvikkara. This will bring pipe-bursts to an end in an year,” he said.
With the commissioning of the JICA-assisted water supply scheme, water consumption per head will increase from the current 130 litres to 250 litres, he said. “This will be the highest in the country,” the Minister added.
Joseph was inaugurating a training centre for employees of Kerala Water Authority (KWA) constructed as part of the JICA-assisted water supply project. The cost of construction of the building is Rs 6 crore.
The 15,000-square feet, three-storey building has two classrooms, computer practical class, library, conference hall, store, electrical workshop, mechanical workshop and other office rooms. An order has been sent for books worth ` 10 lakh for the library, which has a spacious reading room. Internet facility is available in all classrooms.
The building provides hostel facilities for employees attending training programmes. The 12,000- square feet hostel block has 21 rooms, which could accommodate 42 people. The building was constructed by IVRCL company.
The training centre will host programme such as induction sessions for new employees, computer training programmes etc. Around 130 training sessions are conducted by KWA every year. In addition to this, there are training programmes on management and personality development.
K Muraleedharan MLA, Mayor K Chandrika, KWA MD Ashok Kumar Singh and KWA officials and employees attended the function.