Madurai Corporation has obtained clearance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the funding agency for the ‘package-4’ of the mega drinking water project proposed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,295 crore to get additional 125 MLD of drinking water to meet the future needs of the city. After getting the approval, the corporation also got technical sanction from a State-level committee for the project.
“After getting the required approvals, we have initiated the process to float a tender. Package-4 is all about setting up a drinking water distribution network for the 28 newly-added wards of the city,” said an official.
The project is much needed for the city as water supply is insufficient. Against the norm of 135 litres per capita per day (LPCD), residents are only getting around 100 LPCD. It comes down even during peak summer days, when the Vaigai riverbed becomes parched.
Vaigai Drinking Water Project I and II are the major the drinking water source for the city, which has around 17 lakh population. They contribute 115 MLD of water out of the available source of 170 MLD. The project is utmost importance since the city’s water requirement is already 230 MLD. Officials said that once the project is completed, the city will not have another drinking water project for the next few decades, despite keeping in mind the growing population and future expansion.
The project consists of five packages focusing on various works starting from drawing water from the Mullaperiyar dam to establish drinking water supply network for the 100 wards. Package-1 covers construction of a check dam and drawing water from the dam, package-2 covers construction of a treatment plant at Pannaipatti, package-3 covers laying of pipeline to bring water from Pannaipatti to Madurai.
Package-5, proposed at Rs 310 crore, is focusing on water supply system in 57 out of the 72 wards in the core city. The remaining 15 wards in the core city are taken care of under the smart city project. Corporation officials said that work is underway for the packages 1, 2 and 3, whereas package-5 is yet to be approved by the ADB. Special attention is being given to the project and necessary file movements are ensured without any delay, they said.