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The project is being implemented at a cost ₹ 964 crore

The district administration along with the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board has formed teams of revenue officials to expedite the process of acquiring land for the Pilloor III drinking water project.

The ₹ 964-crore project is aimed at drawing water from River Bhavani to be supplied to the city’s residents. The TWAD Board is executing the project for the Coimbatore Corporation.

The Corporation and administration sources who are familiar with the development say that the Board has proposed to draw water from the River in Samayapuram village, five km upstream from Mettupalayam. From there the Board will pump the water to a treatment plant it will construct 16.50 km away in Marudhur. It will then pump the treated water to an over-head tank to be constructed 33 km away in Pannimadai. To convey the pumped water from the River to the treatment plant and from there to the Pannimadai tank, the Board will have to lay pipelines for which it needs to acquire lands.

The sources say that the TWAD Board has estimated the land to be acquired at 163 acre, measuring 30.24 km. Of the 163 acre, 42 acre belong to the Revenue Department (poromboke) and the remaining 121 to 998 acre belong to individuals (patta land). With the data, the TWAD Board approached the Revenue Department to survey the lands and take steps for acquiring them. For, without complete details of the land to be acquired, it is impossible to start the work.

The retired tahsildars and surveyors in teams have completed nearly 40% of the work and in the next couple of months will finish the rest. And, it is only thereafter that the Department staff take the next step of either engaging with the land owners to negotiate land price for acquisition or go in for compulsory acquisition. As and when the TWAD Board commissions the project it will pump 180 million litres a day (MLD) till 2035 and 317 MLD till 2050.

Source : The Hindu.

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