The Coimbatore Corporations project to provide more water to the citys residents has moved a step ahead towards starting work.
The district administration, two weeks ago, sent a report to the Commissioner for Land Administration to acquire the lands necessary for implementing the Pilloor III drinking water project.
Sources in the administration said a team of surveyors and other Revenue Department officials have identified the lands required for acquisition.
The 120 acres fell in two taluks Mettupalayam and Coimbatore North under nine Revenue villages. The other 40 acres belong to the State Government. In the report, the administration had also suggested that the price be fixed for the lands to be acquired.
Once the Commissioner for Land Administration approved of the report, issued directions and published the notification, the administration would begin negotiations with the owners of the 120 acre.
The TWAD Board that would implement the project had earmarked 105 crore for paying the land owners as compensation. The Board required the lands for constructing water treatment plant, laying pipeline and building water tanks.
Sources in the TWAD Board said it proposed to draw water for the Pilloor III project from River Bhavani at Murugaiyan Parisal Thurai. It would initially draw 178.30 million litres a day and after a few years 320 million litres a day.
It would pipe the water to a treatment plant it would build in Marudhur and then take the treated water to a 146 lakh litre master storage reservoir proposed to be built in Pannimadai. It would then distribute the water to six master balancing reservoirs two in Ramakrishnapuram and one each in Bharathi Park, Valarmathi Nagar (Thudiyalur), Kurichi and Kuniamuthur.
The TWAD Board sources said the three of the six master balancing reservoirs were in use with the Corporation and it had recently built three more.
The implementation of the project would help the Corporation distribute 135 litres of water a person a day to all the citys residents till 2050.