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All set for sewer project Pallavaram set for sewer project

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Residents' federation says it will join hands with municipality to mobilise funds Residents' federation says it will join hands with municipality to mobilise funds



AN EYESORE: An overflowing sewage in one of the streets at Chromepet. — Photo: A.Muralitharan

TAMBARAM: The Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board has called for tenders for executing the long-awaited underground drainage network in the Pallavaram Municipality.

Unlike the neighbouring Alandur Municipality, where the entire underground network is being executed by one company, in Pallavaram at least five companies are expected to work simultaneously.

The municipality, with 42 wards, has been split into five areas and separate tenders would be floated for each of them. According to the authorities, this would help completing the task quicker. Work would be done at the same time in all the five places. Apart from the underground sewers, the network would have two pumping stations — one at Ramasamy Kuttai and another near the Chromepet Government Hospital. The sewage would then be transported to a treatment plant at Perungudi.

Grant, loan

Officials said the entire project is estimated to cost Rs. 47 crores. Of this, the Tamil Nadu Urban

Development Fund Corporation would be giving a grant of Rs 8 crores and a loan of Rs. 23 crores. The rest would be collected from the town's residents , the beneficiaries of the project. So far, the residents have contributed over Rs. 3 crores for the project. Now that Metrowater has called for tenders, the momentum would be speed up and more residents would come forward to give their share, officials said, a point agreed by members of residents' welfare associations.

The project has been designed to serve the needs of the municipality for another 25 years.

The town's population is 1.5 lakhs and there are about 30,000 houses.

The project is scheduled for completion by 2006-end and by that time, officials expect to have at least 30,000 individual connections.

Monthly charges collected from residents would be used to repay the TNUDF loan.

Residents of the town were overjoyed on hearing that the tenders had been called for the project. Thanking the municipality, the Federation of Civic and Welfare Associations said it would join hands with the local body to mobilise funds from the residents.

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