Friday, July 26, 2013

India - Kerala - Water Authority spends Rs 2.5L, repairs pipeline at Kathrikadavu- proposal for replacing old concrete primo pipes with Ductile Iron pipes still remains on paper

Though there is a proposal for replacing the old concrete primo pipes with DI (ductile iron) pipes, it still remains on paper. There are allegations that authorities won't act unless a small leak becomes large enough for their contractors to take up the work. Contractors find small leak work unprofitable.

KOCHI: Spending around Rs 2.5 lakh Kerala Water Authority (KWA) on Saturday restored water supply to several parts of the city that was disrupted after a pipe burst on Friday near Kathrikadavu.
According to KWA officials, they completed the repair work and restored the water supply by 9am.
While Rs 1.75 lakh had to be given to contractors, the cost of material and compensation for damage to nearby property came to Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively. "To hold the pipe, we had to buy two drum collars from Steel Industries Kerala Limited  that cost Rs 25,000 each. The charges of contractors came to about Rs 1. 75 lakh,'' a KWA official said.
For the pipe burst in April, the agency had spent almost the same amount for repair works and compensation. KWA officials attribute the frequent pipe bursts to the use of outdated pipes.
Though there is a proposal for replacing the old concrete primo pipes with DI (ductile iron) pipes, it still remains on paper. "We had brought the issue to the attention of those concerned. But none of them, including local body members, took action," said Ernakulam District Residents Associations' Apex Council president R Lohithakshan.
"Even two weeks ahead of the pipe burst in April, we had informed KWA officials about a leak developing in the pipeline. But they did not pay heed to our call. There are allegations that KWA won't act unless a small leak becomes large enough for their contractors to take up the work. Contractors find small leak work unprofitable,'' he said.
Publication Date: 30 June 2013

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