The Tiruchi Corporation set a record of sort when it launched the works on construction of a record number of 35 overhead water tanks in different parts of the city on a single day on Saturday.

The State Transport Minister, K. N. Nehru laid foundation stone for all the 35 tanks at different sites in the city on Saturday morning, much to the delight the residents of the city in general and the residents of the newly added areas, who are the major beneficiaries, in particular. These water tanks will come up under the Rs. 169 crores drinking water supply augmentation scheme with the financial assistance from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

Mr. Nehru laid the foundation stone first at Sanjeevi Nagar (Devadhanam) in the presence of S. Sujatha, Mayor, T. T. Balsamy, Corporation Commissioner, M. Anbazhagan, Deputy Mayor, Anbil Periasamy and K. N. Sekaran, both MLAs. The District Collector, T. Soundiah presided over. Later he visited all the other sites and formally inaugurated the works.

Already 54 OHTs existed in the Corporation limits and the new tanks proposed will have a total storage capacity of 163 lakh litres of water. The scheme will increase the per capita drinking water supply to 135 litres per day, besides ensuring equitable distribution to all parts of the city. The construction works are likely to be completed within a couple of years, a corporation press release said.