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Pallavaram drainage project inauguration next month

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Status check:Labour Minister T.M.Anbarasan inspects the upcoming subway on Dargah Road in Pallavaram on Monday.

TAMBARAM: The underground drainage project of Pallavaram Municipality, which was originally scheduled for completion four years ago, is to be inaugurated next month.

Labour Minister T.M.Anbarasan said on Monday that the trial run would begin on February 1 and the State government would formally hand over the massive project to the municipality a week later. Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin would be inaugurating the project between February 15 and 20, he added.

Mr.Anbarasan was speaking to reporters after inspecting the main pumping station of the project at Keelkattalai. The project cost, whose original estimate was Rs.37 crore, is nearly Rs.80 crore. The project was split into five packages and work began in January 2006. It was scheduled for completion in the middle of the following year, but missed several revised deadlines. Engineers of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board said that they were giving final touches to the project, including its key installations – the lift and pumping stations and the sewage treatment plant. The treatment plant in Perungudi was originally designed to include the sewer project of Tambaram Municipality too, but two separate treatment plants were sanctioned for Tambaram.

Mr. Anbarasan, who also visited Dargah Road in Pallavaram, where a limited-use subway is under construction, said the facility would be ready for use by the end of February. Work on the project, which is crucial from the point of improving connectivity between GST Road and areas in Zamin Pallavaram and beyond, till Keelkattalai, began about three years ago. The project's cost is nearly Rs.18 crore, of which Rs.7 crore was spent on civil works and the rest on land acquisition. This amount does not include Southern Railway's share, officials said, adding this project was way behind schedule owing to various factors, most important of them being the delay in acquiring land.

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