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Underground drainage work gets delayed

Praveen Paul Joseph



Yet to be over:Underground drainage work in progress in Tuticorin on Monday.

Tuticorin: The underground drainage work taken up by the Tuticorin Corporation is getting delayed inordinately.

Consequently, road infrastructure cannot be developed to the full extent. Road work has been completed after laying of pipes at several places.

The underground drainage work is being executed by Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD). People will heave a sigh of relief once the project gets over. Due to incompletion of these works, people are facing traffic problem.

Nearly 90 per cent of the work had been completed. Of the 113-k.m.-long underground drainage work taken up at a cost of Rs. 80 crore, which was partly funded by Tamil Nadu Urban Development Programme, 98.24-k.m.-long work had been completed so far, Dinesh Ponraj Oliver, Commissioner, Tuticorin Corporation, said.Roads were established up to 80 k.m. after laying pipelines. The execution of the project is getting delayed due to pumping of ground level water. Since the water table is increasing even after digging the earth for one metre and above, water should be disposed of immediately to continue the process of laying pipelines. The workforce is involved in digging up to a depth of four to five metres. Continuous rain during the northeast monsoon has hampered the work. Moreover, the availability of skilled manpower is not sufficient to suit the requirements for accomplishing the task in time. Human resources from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and other parts of north India are being engaged in executing this task.

Adequate measures were being taken up to expedite the task, Mr. Oliver added. However, work on Victoria Extension Road, which witnesses a good flow of traffic, would be completed by the end of April this year. Entire work is likely to be completed by March 2012.

An administrative sanction for this project was accorded during 2005 and the work was taken up by the end of 2007, S.A. Rajagopalan, Executive Engineer, said.

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