A host of drinking water supply projects, totally costing over Rs.30 crore, were commissioned by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa through video-conferencing here on Monday.
Of the projects, a combined water supply project for the Melpuram union and an integrated water treatment plant in Kanyakumari district and the expansion of water supply project for the Villupuram municipality were significant in terms of cost.
The cost of the Melpuram union water supply project and the treatment plant was Rs. 16.7 crore and that of the Villupuram project, Rs. 9.55 crore. The Melpuram union project would cover 79 habitations, benefiting about 1.86 lakh persons, ensuring 40 litres per capita per day (LPCD). The treatment plant was for the Kaliakkavilai, Kollangode and Melpuram combined water supply projects. The Villupuram municipality project, aimed at providing 90 LPCD, would benefit 95,439 persons.
The expansion of water supply projects for Appakudal town panchayat in Erode district and Uppilyapuram town panchayat in Tiruchi would ensure 90 LPCD and 70 LPCD respectively, covering about 17,800 persons. Their total cost was Rs. 94.9 lakh. Guaranteeing the supply of 40 LPCD each, the other projects pertained to a Rs. 1.85-crore combined water supply project for Chithamur and 27 habitations of Anakavur union in Tiruvananmalai district to benefit 13,756 persons; a Rs. 97.5 lakh project for Melamayur and 12 habitations in Kattankalathur union of Kancheepuram district, covering 7,357 persons and a Rs.99.72-lakh project for Sumaithangi and 13 habitations of Walajah union of the Vellore district, covering 11,231 persons.