KWA MD reviews Kuttanad drinking water scheme

Thomas K. Thomas, MLA, Kerala Water Authority Managing Director Venkateshpati S. and on other Saturdays while traveling to Kuttanad.

Kerala Water Authority Managing Director Venkatesapathy S. visited Kuttanad on Saturday to review the implementation of the massive multi-crore Kuttanad drinking water project.

The ₹387.91 crore Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board-assisted project will be implemented in six phases. Officials said that the allocation of work for the first phase of drinking water scheme would be done soon. In the first phase, the capacity of the water treatment plant at Neerattupuram will be increased to 30 MLD. Apart from this, overhead tanks will be constructed in 13 gram panchayats. The proposed water distribution network comprises 46.2 km of main supply line and 895 km of sub-main and branch lines.

Officials said that technical approval has been received for the construction of the overhead tank and the tender process will be started soon.

The project was to be implemented at a cost of Rs 209.54 crore. Though the government had given approval for the project in 2019, its implementation was delayed due to various reasons, resulting in cost overruns.

Thomas K. Thomas, MLA presided over a meeting held regarding the visit.