KOLHAPUR: Padma awardee and former director of Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Shivram Bhoje, has raised serious concerns over the "technical ambiguities" of the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation's (KMC) ambitious Kalammawadi direct pipeline project. The civic activists and corporators too had criticized the civic body over the project.
The civic administration has made provision to use 'longitudinally welded' pipes instead of 'spirally welded' ones for the Rs 485-crore project, which aims to supply regular and clean water to the city for the next 30 years. Bhoje, a veteran scientist, on Saturday claimed that the spirally welded pipes are more robust.
While addressing a meeting of civic activists, Bhoje said, "After conducting a study, I came to a conclusion that the longitudinally welded pipes are not susceptible for the stretch of 52 km of the project. Besides, the project can be completed speedily if spirally welded pipes are manufactured on the site. It can help reduce cost of the project."
The veteran scientist said the quality of the project is likely to deteriorate if the longitudinally welded pipes are used. Bhoje has written to municipal commissioner Vijayalakshmi Bidari for changes in the clause for the use of pipes and is awaiting an answer.
Meanwhile, the civic activists alleged that huge corruption is likely while executing the project, as around 80% of funds will be spent on the pipes.
Baba Indulkar of city-based civic forum Common Man said, "The changes in the clause have increased the scope for corruption. The civic administration is yet to issue work order to the contractor. Before doing so, the civic officials should make necessary changes in the technical details of the project or ensure that despite using longitudinally welded pipes, no leakages will take place."
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