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November 28 2013 | by Rahul Menon

Rs21 Crore drain canal at Thampanoor

Currently, constructions are underway to develop the existing canal alongside the bridge.

To prevent flooding in Thampanoor area in the capital city, during heavy rains, the government has decided to construct a bypass diversion canal at a cost of Rs21.72 core.

The work has been included under the JNNURM project and would be completed on a war-footing basis. The work will be supervised by the chief secretary who will make sure that the project is completed within the stipulated time frame. It is expected that work would be completed by May next year.

The bypass diversion canal will be constructed from Thampanoor to Uppidamoodu Bridge along the PWD road and Kerala Road Fund Board will carry out the project. Currently, constructions are underway to develop the existing canal alongside the bridge.

The existing canal that passed beneath the railway track gets clogged every monsoon season, blocking the flow of water. Hence, it has been decided to construct a diversion canal. Flooding of the Thampanoor area during heavy rain is an usual occurrence and at East fort, de-clogging work was partially completed with mud heaped on the road side.  The situation caused much hardship to the people when mud along with water flooded the main road.

The Centre sanctioned Rs 10 crore in 2009 under JNNURM for constructing a canal and for maintenance of the storm water drainage. However, City Corporation failed carry out the project. Similarly the corporation also failed to complete the work of drains in East Fort and the construction of breakwater in Veli for which the Centre government had sanctioned Rs 93 lakh and Rs 11.89 crore, respectively.

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Written by: Rahul Menon

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