The Kerala Water Authority (KWA) is planning to put an end to the constant complaints from the Kozhikode Corporation and consumers over pipeline bursts by replacing all dated pipelines in the city.
A ₹450-crore project proposed by the KWA and an Asian Development Bank consultancy has received technical sanction from the Central government while the State government’s nod is awaited.
Answering the queries by Corporation councillors in a meeting on Monday, KWA Executive Engineer P. Santhosh Kumar said the project would be implemented after ADB consultants finish their feasibility study, which will take a few months.
“Most of the major pipelines in the city were commissioned in 1970. They badly needs to be replaced,” he said adding that the project involved replacement of all types of pipelines. The KWA has its distribution pipelines stretched over 960 kilometres within the city.
Meanwhile, efforts are on to sketch a map of pipelines and valves all over the city. “The Kerala State Remote Sensing and Environment Centre had started the efforts a year ago,” he said. “Within two years, a fully computerised sketch of the pipeline network in the city will be made available for our engineers,” he added.
The meeting, chaired by Mayor Thottathil Raveendran, saw the councillors airing their grievances concerning KWA and seeking response to various complaints filed by them.
Their demands included increasing the height of taps on the coastal road, ensuring water connection through pipelines that have already been laid, and replacement of pipelines.