Stormwater drainage channel, a health hazard

It is being more used as a free space for attending nature’s call by passengers, workers

TIRUCHI: A stormwater drainage channel, running to a length of about 20 metres near the Chathiram bus stand I in the city, has been posing a serious health hazard for years together, testifying to the Corporation officials’ indifference and apathy to ensuring public health.

AN EYESORE:The stormwater channel near the Chathiram bus stand in the city. — Photos: R. Ashok.

The entire channel is being more used as a free space for attending Nature’s call by the passengers, passers-by, workers and labourers from a chain of petty shops in the vicinity. The foul stench emanating round-the-clock in the area has been a source of grave threat to public health.

The area is a busy thoroughfare and all the city buses bound for Srirangam, Lalgudi and Thuraiyur pass through the AICUF Hall. But, still, the problem of utilising the channel as a toilet remains unresolved. The irony is that the open defecation has been a common phenomenon at this channel even in broad daylight.

The factors causing the problem are quite many. The channel runs close to the compound of the All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) Hall. The site has also been the van stand for the past two decades and, obviously, a number of vans, taxis and other vehicles are parked in front of the AICUF Hall. “Ours is a popular stand in the city, where any vehicle is available round the clock,” says one of the van operators.

It is a chain of vehicles which provide the required cover for those attending the Nature’s Call. This was evident from the fact that a few persons were seen walking up to the channel to attend the Nature’s call, well utilising the privacy behind a van. With the stream of passengers attending the Nature’s call all through the day, it is often a tough job for press photographers to focus the lens at the channel and avoid those attending Nature’s call at the site.

Another factor contributing to the nuisance is that a number of buses bound for Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Thittakudi, Neyveli and Perambalur are parked on the road in front of the AICUFF Hall. Obviously, a large number of passengers can be seen loitering in the area, awaiting the bus for their destination.

The absence of a pay-and-use toilet at the site makes these passengers to utilise this channel — the nearest point for attending the nature’s call.

“The entire channel should be covered with concrete slabs. A ‘pay-and-use toilet’ should be built at the site for the convenience of the passengers,” says Fr. Arul Ravi, former Director of AICUF. The AICUF authorities have sought the assistance of the City Corporation authorities for proper maintenance of the channel in the larger interest of public health and hygiene, he says.

The AICUF Hall has been a hosting-centre for conferences and seminars on human rights and social issues. “Several representatives of non-governmental organisations, rights and social activists from different parts of the state hold their meetings here, for evolving an action plan. But the problem of health hazard at the AICUF Hall, by itself, remains a puzzle for years,” says N. Margaret Joeji, Director of ‘Success,’ a city-based non-governmental organisation working for the cause of human rights.

Sathish Tarnas, a social activist, says that a pay-and-use toilet should be constructed to ensure public hygiene. A.C. Titty Albert, Co-ordinator of NalandaWay Foundation, Chennai, says that the first impression a stranger gains about Tiruchi city was the worst. The shifting of the van-stand to another place would deprive the passengers of the privacy.

M. Balaganessin From THE HINDU

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Lack of drainage system affects villagers

Stagnant sewage in Nanjai Uthukkuli village, near Modakurichi in Erode district, causes serious health problems. – PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

ERODE: Residents of Nanjai Uttukuli village are put to untold hardships because of sewage stagnating for the last several months.

Absence of a proper drainage system has led to the stagnation of sewage on the roadside. “As the panchayat administration has failed to initiate any step, the situation turned worse. A few commercial establishments and residents started dumping garbage including huge amount of plastic waste into the sewage pool. Now the air is filled with foul smell and the mosquito menace has increased to alarming proportions. We are spending sleepless nights,” villagers complained.

The stagnant sewage poses serious threat to the health of the residents. “Over 100 families were living in the nearby residential colonies. Children are the worst affected as they fall ill very often,” people said.

Villagers had made repeated representations to the officials in the Modakurichi block and the district administration. “Our pleas fell on deaf ears. No efforts have been made to improve the sanitary condition in the village,” people alleged.

From THE HINDU

Plan to bring underground drainage scheme to Arcot

“5,82,231 TV sets worth Rs.132 crore were so far distributed in Vellore district”

VELLORE: Steps would be taken to implement an underground drainage scheme (UGS) for Arcot Municipality, Durai Murugan, Law Minister said at Arcot on Tuesday.

Minister distributed colour televisions worth Rs.1.43 crore to 6981 persons in the 15 wards in Arcot Municipality. Mr. Durai Murugan was responding to a plea by S. Jagathrakshakan, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting for the implementation of UGS in Arcot. He said that 5,82,231 colour televisions worth Rs.132 crore were so far distributed in Vellore district, while 43,960 colour television sets worth Rs.10 crore were distributed so far in Arcot Assembly Constituency.

R. Gandhi, Ranipet MLA presided. T.A. Mohammed Saqhy, former MP, Pon Rajasekaran, vice-chairman of Arcot Municipality, A. Karunanidhi, Deputy Collector-in-charge (CTV) and Ramani, Tahsildar, Arcot spoke. J.L. Easwarappan, Municipal Chairman, Arcot welcomed the gathering. R. Rajasekaran, Taluk Supply Officer, Arcot proposed a vote of thanks.

From THE HINDU

Parched Delhi may go Singapore way, drink drain water

NEW DELHI: Soon,as is prevalent in Singapore,Delhiites may be consuming treated sewage water.Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials say that the proposal,part of the water master plan 2021,could become necessary for the city in view of its dependency on other states for its water supply.Work on the master plan is already underway and it should be ready by September this year.

Senior officials said that technology was available in the market and that it was only a question of investing a substantial amount of money on the project. Bangalore is about to implement the scheme soon.Delhi has to seriously consider adopting it too.In future,when it wont be possible to build more treatment plants,when cost of transmission,land acquisition and pumping would get very high,we would be forced to utilize available resources.The treatment cost would not be more than Rs 40 per kilolitre.The present cost of water is Rs 8 per kl but if we add to it the added costs of transmission and setting up of plants,it works to about the same amount, said sources.

Officials said with about 350 million gallons per day (MGD) of sewage being generated each day,they would be able to salvage about 200 MGD for drinking purpose. The technology is already in use in Singapore,and Saudi Arabia too is going in for it.Delhiites must understand that there is not enough water for the fast growing population and alternative means would only include recycling of waste.Initially,we will begin with a small quantity but gradually try to treat as much sewage as possible, said sources.

Due to space constraints in the city,construction of underground reservoirs may also not be a possibility in future,specially in congested areas like the Walled City.In that case,the masterplan also includes a provision for microtunnelling as is done in Mumbai. Instead of underground reservoirs,we will bore tunnels for water storage.In Mumbai,there is a tunnel about 1.5km long and about 70m under the ground.In Delhi,that might be the only possibility left, said an official.

Sources also revealed that any future underground reservoirs would also be concentrated in and around west Delhi. First,west and northwest have water deficiency.Second,in view of disaster management practices,we cannot have all underground reservoirs in one area, said sources.

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Erode: Work on underground drainage to begin in February

ERODE: Work on the much talked about underground drainage (UGD) scheme in Erode Corporation and abutting local bodies will begin soon.

Sources in the Corporation told The Hindu that the earth work would begin in the first week of February, after the verification process, which was underway, got over.

The work, however, will start on only two of the five phases — phases one and three.

In phase one the contractor, KRRI-TAPI of Hyderabad, will lay 189.45 km pipeline in Wards 12, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 37, 38, 39, 40 and 42 of Erode Corporation, Wards 1 to 18 of Surampatty Municipality, Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 19, 20 and 21 of Kasipalayam Municipality and Ward 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18 to 21 of Veerappan Chatram Municipality.

The cost of this phase of the project is around Rs. 59 crore.

In phase three the contractor, Anchor Ceramics of Chennai, will take up work in all the 18 wards of Periya Semur Municipality and Wards 1, 6 to 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18 to 21 of Veerappan Chatram Municipality.

Pipeline

The cost of this phase, in which 11.37 km pipeline will be laid, is around Rs. 39 crore.

The sources said the Corporation expected the two project-implementing agencies to complete the work within three years.

As for the progress on phase two work, the sources said a team of engineers and experts would assess the capability on those who had participated in the tender and then select the eligible person.

The sources added that the tender for carrying out work in phase four would soon be floated.

But then all is not well with the UGD project, as phase five of the project, which has to do with construction of a sewage treatment plant, is still at a preliminary stage.

Land

The sources conceded that the Corporation faced difficulty in acquiring the land identified for the purpose, as the Revenue Department was yet to fix land value.

The civic body had identified 18.27 acres in a village near Vendipalayam, near here. The sources said the Department had to fix the price and only then the Corporation could either go ahead and buy the land or take further orders from the State Government.

The total project cost is Rs. 209.22 crore, of which Rs. 71.14 crore is loan and Rs. 62.77 crore is grant from a German funding agency.

The Corporation’s and peoples’ contributions for the project add up to Rs. 61.89 crore.

Karthik Madhavan From THE HINDU

Tamilnadu: Displeasure over distribution of Cauvery water in Ramnad

Supply is yet to be started for rural habitations

RAMANATHAPURAM: Even as the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board has begun scouring operation to clean sediments and deposits along the main pipeline, the water users and general public have expressed displeasure over the distribution of Cauvery water.

The project implemented at a cost of Rs.616 crore is to supply water to four municipalities, 7 town panchayats and all rural habitations in Ramanathapuram district and part of Sivaganga and Pudukottai districts. Though water supply has begun in all municipalities and town panchayats, supply is yet to be started for rural habitations.

CLEANING: Scouring operation on in Ramanathapuram. — Photo: L. Balachandar

CLEANING: Scouring operation on in Ramanathapuram. — Photo: L. Balachandar

Many residents in town areas allege that the authorities have been maintaining an erratic supply. Complaints of water leakages due to burst in distribution lines have also been reported in many places.
The ongoing underground drainage work, which caused digging of ground in many areas, has also added to the woes of the people.

A TWAD board official told The Hindu that leakages had occurred in some places as the existing distribution lines in the Ramanathapuram municipality area were not able to withstand the water pressure. These were laid in 1977. The town should have water line for 67 km length. However, there was shortage of distribution line in some areas.

However, he said more than 80 per cent of the problem had been sorted. It had been decided to lay new distribution lines to a length of 71 km at a cost of Rs.1.61 crore to solve the problem permanently.

A proposal, which was sent to the Director of Municipal Administration, was in an advance stage for clearance.

The official said scouring operation had been started beyond the eastern side of Ramanathapuram.

C. Jaishankar – From THE HINDU

Rs 209-cr drainage project okayed

ERODE: The government has approved a Rs 209.23-crore underground drainage (UGD) project for Erode.

Underground Drainage project

Underground Drainage project

According to official sources, Rs 71.14 crore will be given as loan to facilitate the long-pending project while Rs 62.77 crore will be obtained as grant from a German bank. The State government and the local planning authority will grant Rs 9.83 crore and Rs 3.60 crore respectively. The remaining Rs 61.89 crore will be borne by the local body, of which, the contribution from the citizens will be nearly ten per cent of the total cost, around Rs 21 crore.

Apart from the 45 wards in the civic body, Surampati, Periyasemur, Kasipalayam and Veerappanchathram municipalities and other areas which are going to be annexed with the corporation, would benefit from the scheme too.Under the scheme, toilet wastes would be collected from over 85,790 houses and other buildings by laying pipelines over a 581-km stretch.

The sewage would be pumped to six treatment plants, that will be established under the project. The treated water would be collected at Peelamedu and Kasipalayam Municipal area.

The scheme’s main aim is to check the discharge of urban sewage into the Cauvery river. The government has allotted the entire sum for the project, excluding Rs 61.89 crore. The corporation has invited global tenders for the work on July 24. The work would be carried out by segregating the town into four zones. The tender estimates would be sent to the government and then the work would commence with an aim to complete it within three years.

However, an independent councillor Radhamani Barathi recalled that the TN Water Supply and Drainage Board had already constructed two treatment plants at a cost of over Rs 7 crore in two parts of the town to treat the sewage, flowing in Pitchaikaranpallam and Perumpallam Odais (stream).

The scheme was initiated with the help of Central aid.

But, due to some technical defects, Erode Corporation refused to take over the project, so its 45- acre site in which the open treatment plant exists, has remained idle for the past many years.

from expressbuzz website

Note: People should be aware that, how the money spent on projects are idle, due to lack of planning… I urge the Erode corporation to take action and start using the two treatment plants, Just recall 7 crore is spent on it and if it is idle, it is a shame for erode corporation…

Rs 209-cr drainage project okayed

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First Published : 20 Jul 2009 03:58:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 20 Jul 2009 09:07:14 AM IST

ERODE: The government has approved a Rs 209.23-crore underground drainage (UGD) project for Erode.According to official sources, Rs 71.14 crore will be given as loan to facilitate the long-pending project while Rs 62.77 crore will be obtained as grant from a German bank. The State government and the local planning authority will grant Rs 9.83 crore and Rs 3.60 crore respectively. The remaining Rs 61.89 crore will be borne by the local body, of which, the contribution from the citizens will be nearly ten per cent of the total cost, around Rs 21 crore.Apart from the 45 wards in the civic body, Surampati, Periyasemur, Kasipalayam and Veerappanchathram municipalities and other areas which are going to be annexed with the corporation, would benefit from the scheme too.Under the scheme, toilet wastes would be collected from over 85,790 houses and other buildings by laying pipelines over a 581-km stretch.The sewage would be pumped to six treatment plants, that will be established under the project. The treated water would be collected at Peelamedu and Kasipalayam Municipal area.The scheme’s main aim is to check the discharge of urban sewage into the Cauvery river. The government has allotted the entire sum for the project, excluding Rs 61.89 crore. The corporation has invited global tenders for the work on July 24. The work would be carried out by segregating the town into four zones. The tender estimates would be sent to the government and then the work would commence with an aim to complete it within three years.However, an independent councillor Radhamani Barathi recalled that the TN Water Supply and Drainage Board had already constructed two treatment plants at a cost of over Rs 7 crore in two parts of the town to treat the sewage, flowing in Pitchaikaranpallam and Perumpallam Odais (stream).The scheme was initiated with the help of Central aid.But, due to some technical defects, Erode Corporation refused to take over the project, so its 45- acre site in which the open treatment plant exists, has remained idle for the past many years.