Coimbatore: The 24/7 water supply project of the city corporation has bagged the SKOCH governance award in the silver category. It is the only project from the state to receive the award this year. SKOCH group is a private thinktank dealing with socio-economic issues. The award, constituted in 2003, recognizes people, projects and institutions that go the extra mile to make the nation better. The corporation had nominated five of its projects for the award. While the Leakproof Coimbatore project was rejected, the Coimbatore Climate Change, No Dumping, Model Government School and 24/7 Water Supply Project made into the semi-finals, which had 150 projects from civic bodies from across India. Two projects got awards in the platinum category while 30 bagged awards 10 each in gold, silver and bronze categories. Corporation officials received the award during a felicitation function held in New Delhi recently. “We received the award at a time when rumours about the water supply project are doing the rounds,” corporation commissioner J Sravan Kumar said. “Multiple parameters were scrutinized by independent juries in multiple rounds before selecting the project.
The fact that such a renowned organisation is recognising the project has given us immense pleasure.” As claimed by vested interests, water is not being privatized, Kumar said. “Pipeline infrastructure work has been given to the private company. Pipelines in the 60 wards are decades old and are in desperate need of replacement. A lot of studies were done before implementing the project. Once the project is implemented, water would be supplied round-the-clock to the residents. As the corporation would be able to measure every drop, equable distribution would be ensured. The entire water distribution system would be streamlined.” Congratulating the corporation, R Raveendran of Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore (RAAC) said, “The project would not just help to conserve water but will check leaks and reduce wastage of water. Those tapping excess water would be identified easily.” Coimbatore MP P R Natrajan said the public is yet to enjoy the benefits of the projects. “We don’t know on what basis the award was given,” he said.
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06 September 2019