Pipeline works to be retendered

Work for replacement of ageing primo pipes along major roads in the city will be retendered, the Kerala Water Authority has said.

Estimates for replacing primo pipes from Pattom to Murinjapalam, Murinjapalam to Kumarapuram, Murinjapalam to Ulloor, and Ulloor to Medical College will be reworked and the work tendered again, Suresh Chandran, Superintending Engineer, PH Circle, said.

Tenders had been called earlier but there were no bidders as permission for tar cutting had not been forthcoming.

Now, talks have been held with the Road Fund Board, and the estimates will be reworked and tenders called again.

“Once we get bids and the work is taken up, water leaks in these areas will be addressed,” he said.

Pipe replacement from Muttada to Ulloor along the Kesavadasapuram-Ulloor road, under the control of the National Highways Authority of India, too will be taken up once permission for tar cutting is received.

Recently, pipelines from Ambalamukku to Kesavadasapuram and from Peroorkada to Sasthamangalam had been replaced.

Though the utility has sanction for replacement of primo pipes and estimates were being taken, in the city permission for tar cutting was difficult to come by. The work itself was not easy either, officials said.

Asked about allegations of delay in replacement of pipes at Ulloor despite many complaints, Mr. Suresh Chandran said some leaks could not be plugged as permission for road cutting had to be sought.

Estimate for pipe replacement along the Vellayambalam-Thycaud road is ready. Once technical sanction was received, tenders will be called.

With pipe replacement from Aruvikkara to Peroorkada over, big leaks were a things of the past, he said.

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