Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin announced in the Assembly on Monday a slew of schemes to various municipalities, town panchayats and rural habitations to provide drinking water supply.

Replying to a discussion on the demands of the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, Mr. Stalin said a new drinking water scheme at a cost of Rs. 36.66 crore would be implemented with the assistance of a German bank for Tiruvannamalai Municipality. The same bank would provide necessary assistance to the Kadayanallur drinking water supply scheme to be implemented at a cost of Rs. 21.40 crore.

A detailed project report had been prepared for drinking water supply schemes for Kovilpatti and Kayalpatanam municipalities at Rs. 80 crore and Rs. 30 crore respectively and steps would be taken to implement them once source for financing the projects had been finalised. A combined drinking water supply scheme for Vellore Corporation, six municipalities, 5 town panchayats and 64 wayside hamlets was prepared by the TWAD Board at a cost of Rs. 1,400 crore, which would provide 150 million litres of water per day. Now the cost of the scheme had been revised to Rs. 1,500 crore to provide 270 million litres. The HUDCO had agreed to finance the scheme. The Melur combined water supply scheme, announced in 2008-09 had been extended to provide water supply to 12,15,000 people. The project would now cost Rs. 806 crore and the funding agency would be the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. A Rs. 572 crore combined water supply scheme for 7 town panchayats, and 11 panchayat unions in Virudhunagar district, Rs. 127.50 crore scheme for 1130 villages in various panchayat unions Pudukottai district and Rs. 22 crore scheme for 204 rural habitations in Tiruchi district were also announced by the Deputy Chief Minister in the Assembly.