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Rs. 282-crore sewage network expansion by year end

KAVITA KISHORE, The Hindu, 21 January 2014


Foundation stone laid for 26 RO plants to supply water in bubble top cans


PWD officials demonstrating the new sewer maintenance machine in the presence of Chief Minister N. Rangasamy in Puducherry on Monday.— Photo: T. Singaravelou

PUDUCHERRY: By the end of 2014, the Puducherry Public Works Department expects to expand its underground sewer system at a cost of Rs 282 crore to cover a total of five zones, with three new sewage treatment plants coming up.

Currently, 65 per cent of the work for the sewage system upgrade has been completed within the entire urban area covering Moolakulam, Karuvadikuppam and Marapalam Junction coming under the purview of the project. It is expected that the entire sewage system upgrade would be completed by the end of the year, said PWD officials.


The entire cost of the project is Rs. 282 crore, with Rs. 20 crore being allotted for maintenance, officials said adding that the contractors would also have a five year maintenance pact after completion. To keep up with the expansion of the town’s sewerage system, the Public Works Department has acquired two additional sewer maintenance vehicles.


The two vehicles were purchased at a cost of Rs. 47 lakh.


The department also laid the foundation stone for the setting up of 26 new Reverse Osmosis plants for drinking water supply to the residents in urban and rural areas through bubble top water cans. These plants are expected to be commissioned in a year’s time, an official from the PWD said.


On Monday, Chief Minister N. Rangasamy inaugurated both the PWD schemes.


The three plants will be coming up in Lawspet, near the airport; Duprayapet, near the lighthouse; and Kanakaneri near the Medical College. The first of the three STPs will be completed in March, the second in June and the third in December, officials said.