Nellore: Underground drainage raises dust

Infrastructure ready but officials have not connected them.

Nellore: Though the underground drainage scheme works were completed at Janardhan Reddy Colony, Venkateswa-rapuram, Islampeta and Gandhi Girijan Colony in Nellore City, the scheme could not be commissioned allegedly because of delay on the part of the Municipal Corporation to give connections and fix charges.

The area broadly identified as Venkateswarapuram is located on the north side of the city with Pennar River dividing the area from the main city.

In view of skepticism towards the project from the opposition, Public Health Engineers have paid special attention to complete the work in the area to showcase the advantage of modern underground drainage system at the instance of the Mayor SK Abdul Aziz.

According to the corporation officials, sewer network is ready at Venkateswarapuram and they have also constructed 4,500 inspection chambers.

The infrastructure is adequate to provide connections to 5,000 houses.

The sewerage treatment plant with a capacity of 5 MLD (million litres per day) is designed taking possible population increase in the area by 2047.

Although everything is ready, a resolution from the civic body members is necessary to fix the connection charges to commission the facility.

However, the corporation has been dillydallying over the issue in view of the elections next year since the move to charge for connections may evoke public outcry.

Mayor SK Abdul Aziz said they will follow the pattern of UGD connection charges in other corporations and fix the charges accordingly. He added that they will commission the facility within the next few weeks.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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