Drinking water schemes seeking to serve 44.36 lakh people in eight districts will be implemented at a cost of over 1,500 crore in 2012-13, Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development K.P.Munusamy told the Assembly on Monday.

Replying to the debate on the allocation for departments under him, the Minister said the schemes, to be implemented in Cuddalore, Villupuram, Pudukottai, Theni, Sivaganga, Coimbatore, Tirupur and Tirunelveli district, would benefit 8,134 habitations in five Municipal Corporations, 17 town panchayats and 63 panchayat unions.

The projects include the Theni-Allinagaram Municipality drinking water scheme and Thamiraparani combined drinking water scheme to cover 163 rural habitations, including the Keezhapaavoor town panchayat, Papkudi, Kadayam and Keezhapaavoor panchayat union in Tirunelveli district. The total cost of the projects is Rs 1,527.63 crore.

Besides, surveys would be conducted for six combined drinking water schemes in Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruchi and Dindigul in 2012-13. The Minister said the Chief Minister had cleared the appointment of 69 Assistant Engineers and 73 junior engineers for conducting survey and speed up both the projects.

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