The wait seems to finally over for the Pillur II dedicated water supply scheme, expected to be ready for trial run to its full capacity by the third week of October, claimed Coimbatore municipal corporation officials.
The work is progressing at the project site and concrete beds are being readied for the installation of six vertical turbine pump-sets to draw water to be supplied to the city. The civic body is also expecting a response from the Tamil Nadu Electricity Generation and Distribution Corporation for providing power supply to these turbines before the commencement of the trial run.
"All major works are completed and we are now getting ready for the installation of the vertical turbine pump sets," said TK Ponnusamy, commissioner, Coimbatore municipal corporation.
The dedicated Pillur II Supply scheme is being executed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission with financial assistance from the union government and is expected to provide 125 mld of drinking water to Coimbatore city once it becomes fully operational. As of now six vertical turbine pump sets procured at a cost of Rs4.85crore with a capacity of 550 HP each are to be installed at the Raw Water Collection well.
"We have already contacted the electricity board officials for giving power supply for the turbines and are expecting a response in the coming week," said a corporation official.
The entire project was expected to be completed in April 2011 but got delayed due to numerous technical reasons. As of now 30 mld of water is being supplied from the Pillur II scheme on a trial basis to the residents in eastern parts of the city whenever water is being supplied as per a temporary agreement between Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) and city municipal corporation. Work on Pillur II scheme is being executed in six packages out of which all stages except the first package has been completed so far. The first package included the digging of a Raw water collection well and also the erection and commissioning of six vertical turbine pumpsets which is being carried out at the moment claimed corporation commissioner TK POnnusamy.