Of the total projects worth Rs 1,754 crore, works to the tune of just Rs 584 crore has been completed even after five years since starting smart city project in Kochi.
“We are going ahead with the works which we have already been started. Still, the fate of some of the projects which are yet to be started is in the balance,” an official associated with CSML said. “Works of smart roads, including that of Abraham Madamackal Road, will be completed by the end of the month. Works of other roads also are progressing,” the official said.
Though the CSML authorities awarded the work on Rs 166 crore vacuum sewer project to be implemented in West Kochi to a private firm, the work couldn’t be started due to protests from the local residents.
The sewage project aims at collecting and treating sewage from all the households and other establishments in five divisions of Kochi corporation in Mattancherry and Fort Kochi areas.
When the private firm, to which the work was awarded, conducted soil inspection at the proposed site for the plant near Fort Kochi Taluk Hospital they had to stop the work due to protests by local residents.
They fear that their drinking water sources will be contaminated if the pipes carrying sewage leaks. According to the officials, the plant works on vacuum system.
“Using the force of vacuum the waste is drawn into the plant through the pipelines. If there is any leak in the pipeline, the system will stop,” an official said.
Though several rounds of reconciliation talks were held, the authorities couldn’t break the deadlock.