Madurai Smart City Plan
The civic body can treat sewage water in the city itself and release it directly into Vaigai river instead of collecting and pumping it from all parts of the city to Vellaikkal, situated on the outskirts of the city, for treatment. The move will not only enhance ground water level but also bring down the expenses involved in pumping the water to Vellaikkal which is 10 km away from the city. Small treatment plants can also be constructed alongside the Vaigai which runs through the city. These were some of the suggestions that came up from residents during the public consultation meeting organised by Madurai Corporation in the presence of mayor V V Rajan Chellappa, towards the development of the city under smart city scheme.
Subha Loganathan of Kannanendal who proposed the idea also asked the corporation to restrict digging of bore wells by residents.It may be recalled that a similar plan of constructing small treatment plants and let the clean water in the river was also mooted by state municipal administration principal secretary K Phanindra Reddy, when he took part in a meeting last year to discuss about the restoration of Vaigai river. At present, corporation is letting the sewage water directly into Vaigai at many points as pumping stations often face technical snag.
Corporation officials who were part of the meeting said people can submit their suggestions till September 25. The suggestions would be considered and used during the preparation of the detailed project report for the projects under smart city scheme. Officials said that Rs 200 crore would be spent every year for five years under the scheme, which will be shared equally by the state and central governments. More funds if required can be contributed by public.
City engineer A Mathuram said the scheme expects the civic body to concentrate on key areas like drinking water, drainage facilities, solid waste management, street lights, road development, pavement development, subway and bridges construction, park development and interconnecting roads development.