trichy: Plan For Giant Borewells For Food Park Ruffles Villagers | Trichy News

Trichy: Under pressure from investors seeking space inside Manapparai food park and struggling to address the non-availability of water source, Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) board has initiated work to install giant borewells on the Cauvery river bed. Amid protests from nearby villagers, officials have commenced spot selection work for installing massive borewells to draw about 14 MLD of water both for the food park and Trichy railway junction.
TWAD board said that work to identify potential water yielding spots has commenced on the Cauvery river bed near Thirupparaithurai village on the Trichy-Karur national highway. While the villagers are opposing the move fearing that their groundwater table would be depleted due to the presence of new borewells, TWAD officials said they will convince the villagers and proceed according to plan. While Trichy railway junction requires 6MLD of water, Manapparai Sipcot industrial park requires about 8MLD. “The project is delayed for about four years now, we are planning to complete borewell installation and pipeline laying work within six to eight months,” a senior official with TWAD board, Trichy said. Since the borewell drilling work can be taken up only when the river is dry, TWAD is to complete the exploration and finalization of locations within a few weeks. If they fail to identify spots with good yield, officials said they would explore the northern side banks of the Cauvery.
Sipcot officials said many inquiries have come from international companies including in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector seeking space inside Manapparai food park in Sipcot industrial park. “Investors have booked two acres of space, there are more inquiries coming up. Leather and consumer goods producers are keen. If water source work is finalised, the food park will bring more investments,” an official with Sipcot said. Meanwhile, infrastructure development work inside the industrial park, including four-lane roads, was completed by Sipcot management last week. As a food park inside Sipcot is the the first such facility in the state, investors were urged to visit the facility at the earliest, the official added.

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