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U.K. team inspects sewer system works

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, FEB. 20. A five-member U.K. environment mission led by Ms. Judith Rooney, Deputy Manager, Trade Partners UK, British Trade International, inspected implementation of the sewer system at Alandur today.

The details of the Rs. 27-crore project taken up with public participation of Rs. 8 crores was explained to them by the project monitoring agency, Consulting Engineering Services (CES). The contractors of the scheme, IVRCL Infrastructures and Projects, explained to the visitors the technology and the procedure followed in the networking.

The team was told that 27 km of sewer lines and 2.2 km of pumping mains had been laid. About 40 km of the project would be linked to the sewer treatment plant (STP), where aerators and rafter slab work had been completed, to make the first phase of the system operational by September end.

The team comprising Ms. Janet Jennings, Deputy Director, Joint Environment Markets Unit of Department of Trade and Industry, Mr. Mike Philips, Southern Regional Sales Manager, Dunphy Combustion, Mr. Shantanu Banerjee, Managing Director, Glonet Technologies and Trade, and Mr.Tom Burkitt of Oceansesu, visited Nehru Colony, Lakshmi Nagar, Vanuvampettai and the treatment plant site at Perungudi.

The members evinced interest in the BOOT (build, operate, own and transfer) proposal drafted for the STP. A video presentation explaining the role of the local body, regarding collection of deposits and maintenance amount, government funding received, besides other financial aspects of the scheme was screened by CES for the visitors benefit.

The Alandur municipal chairman, Ms. R. S. Bharati, and the Municipal Commissioner, Mr. Chakrapani, spoke of the efforts made by the local body in collection of deposits from residents.

The British team members go around Alandur municipality on Tuesday, studying the sewer project implementation.

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