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Most of the project taken up by the corporation are on the verge of completion
A couple of works are held up owing to pending issues with contractors
DAMAGED: The stretch between Karavali Circle and Bendoorwell Circle, re-laid recently by KUIDFC, was dug up three days ago owing to the bursting of an underground water supply line on Saturday last. This stretch has to be repaired once again by the corporation.
MANGALORE: The Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) will complete all infrastructure projects taken up by it in 10 coastal cities under the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environment Management Project (KUDCEMP) by March 2010, according to Arvind Shrivastava, Managing Director, KUIDFC.
Speaking to The Hindu after reviewing the progress of various projects at a meeting here on Thursday, Mr. Shrivastava said that the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environment Management Project being implemented with loan assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) would formally come to an end by September this year.
“We will be able to draw the entire loan amount of $145 million by that time by completing the major works,” he said.
Most of the projects in the ten cities, except the underground drainage (UGD) system in the jurisdiction of Mangalore City Corporation and Udupi, were expected to be over by next month-end. The underground drainage work in Mangalore and Udupi would be completed by March next.
Thus, all the projects would be completed by the end of this financial year, Mr. Shrivastava added.
The infrastructure projects are being implemented at Ankola, Bhatkal, Dandeli, Karwar, Sirsi, Kundapur, Udupi, Mangalore, Ullal and Puttur.
These works include road development, construction of stormwater drains, sewage treatment plants, overhead water supply tanks, underground drainage systems and building for solid waste management plant.
Mr. Shrivastava said that of the four sewage treatment plants being built in the corporation limits, two sewage treatment plants at Kavoor and Pachhanady had been completed. The remaining two, at Jeppinamogaru and Surathkal, had been delayed owing to some pending issues with the contractors.
“However, major works have been completed,” he said.
All the 15 wells in the corporation limits, except the ones at Jeepinamogaru, Kodialguttu, and Kottara, had been completed. Works on constructing a well at Kodialguttu was yet to be taken up because of pending issues associated with land acquisition. They issues were being attended to, he said.
The civic body has taken up the work on fixing the two-MGD (million gallons a day) underground water supply line, which had been damaged at a place between Karavali Circle and Bendoorwell Circle here on Saturday last while testing it. The stretch between the two circles had been re-laid recently by the KUIDFC under KUDCEMP project, he said.
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