CM as­sures last­ing so­lu­tion for wa­ter stag­na­tion

Sunday Express - - CHENNAI - @ Chennai

CHIEF Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami on Satur­day re­it­er­ated his prom­ise that the State gov­ern­ment would take firm mea­sures to pre­vent wa­ter stag­na­tion in low-ly­ing ar­eas and said im­ple­men­ta­tion of a three­p­hase project for lay­ing stormwa­ter drains at a to­tal cost of `4,034 crore was go­ing on.

The Chief Min­is­ter said this while ad­dress­ing the press after re­view­ing the pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures taken to deal with the North­east mon­soon. He said the first phase of lay­ing stormwa­ter drains was over and next two phases would be com­pleted in the com­ing months. Next round of works in this re­gard would start once the mon­soon got over.

In the first phase, an amount of `1,101 crore was al­lo­cated for lay­ing 386 km of stormwa­ter drains and work on over 300 km was al­ready over. The rest would be com­pleted soon. Sim­i­larly, the stormwa­ter drain in Kosastha­lai river es­tu­ary would be com­pleted at a cost of `1,887 crore, while a sim­i­lar project at Ko­valam es­tu­ary would be car­ried out at a cost of `1,234 crore.

An­swer­ing a ques­tion, the CM said the gov­ern­ment had sent a re­port on the funds re­quired to com­plete the works for pre­vent­ing wa­ter stag­na­tion. He ex­pressed con­fi­dence that Cen­tre would pro­vide re­quired funds.

On the charge that rain­wa­ter had stag­nated in res­i­den­tial ar­eas only due to en­croach­ments, Palaniswami said the houses in such ar­eas were built many years ago. “As far as Chennai is con­cerned, up to 25 sq km area is oc­cu­pied by build­ings. When there is heavy rain, the wa­ter can flow only through the roads. The drainage fa­cil­ity can with­stand only 4 cm rain. Not only in Tamil Nadu, at the global level, in ur­ban ar­eas, only canals have been pro­vided to drain stormwa­ter. When there is a heavy rain, it flows on the roads and hence wa­ter stag­nates in low­ly­ing ar­eas,” Palaniswami said.

To a ques­tion on the project to save one tmc ft of wa­ter in a reser­voir near Chennai, Palaniswami said own­ers of a few stretches had been ob­ject­ing to hand over the lands. Talks were on in this con­nec­tion and it would be over within five months.

Palaniswami added, “This is no cy­clone or flood. It is mon­soon rain. So far, 56.6 cm (75 per cent) of rain has been re­ceived, that means the rain to be re­ceived in three months have been re­ceived in five days.”

As far as Chennai is con­cerned, up to 25 sq km area is oc­cu­pied by build­ings. When there is heavy rain, the wa­ter can flow only through the roads Edap­padi K Palaniswami

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