City’s sewerage network to get major upgradation

The current sewerage system of Trivandrum was implemented during the reign of the Travancore Kingdom. It was modernised in 1938. So it is high time steps are taken to upgrade this system.

The sewerage system of the Trivandrum city will be revamped shortly. The cost estimated for the up gradation process is Rs 52 crore. Health minister and local MLA V.S Sivakumar declared this recently.

Pettah, Chakka, Palkulangara, Perunthanni, and Kadakampalli will be the focus centres in the first stage with an estimate of Rs 10.19crore. The second stage of the program includes Valitathura, Vallakkadavu, Beemapalli, Shanghumughom, Vettukad, and Kannanthura. The 107 MLD (million litres a day) sewage treatment plant at Valiathura is expected to ease the sewage system in all the other areas.

A drinking water scheme is also to be launched for the capital under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Rs 82crore is expected to be the expenditure for the same. The Rs 258crore sewerage project will only be finalized in a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister on September 28.

The water issue grappling the city will soon be resolved to a large extent. Other projects designed to improve water supply has been initialized. The introductory work on a scheme designed to get drinking water from sea water at Vettukad has begun. The Museum-LMS drinking water scheme under the Japan International Cooperation Agency will also start rolling soon. When all these schemes become functional, 20MLD additional water will flow to the coastal areas of the city.

The current sewerage system of Trivandrum was implemented during the reign of the Travancore Kingdom. It was modernised in 1938. So it is high time steps are taken to upgrade this system. Any leak or damage to the sewage network can have major impacts on the environment and public health. It might lead to groundwater and surface-water pollution. This program will significantly help to improve the network and thus prevent the spread of diseases and other issues that might rise from improper sewerage. So this project, if finished as per schedule, will immensely benefit the residents of the capital city.

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