Said to be the major drinking water project implemented in the State at a cost of Rs. 1,295 crore, works have begin in the Combined Water Supply Scheme (CWSS) to supply 215 million litres of water per day to Vellore district and nearby areas.
Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development K.P. Munusamy recently inspected the works in Mettur Dam and asked officials to expedite works. Carried out by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board, the project aims to draw water from Cauvery River near Thottipatti village and treated at a treatment plant with a capacity of 181 mld capacity and pumped through three pumping stations at Komburankadu, Palakkanur and Muthampatti.
The total length of the pipeline is 313.06 k.m. and would benefit a population of 18.68 lakh covering Vellore Corporation comprising of three municipalities, Vellore, Sathuvachari and Tharapadavedu, six Town Panchayats and 109 habitations. It would also cover 11 municipalities including, Thirupathur, Jolarpet, Vaniyampadi, Ambur, Gudiyatham, Arcot, Ranipettai, Wallajah and Arakkonam and would also cover 944 rural habitations in Vellore district. Works would be carried in three phases with the contract work being carried out by Larsen and Toubro (L & T).
Once completed, the drinking water problem in Vellore district and nearby habitations would be solved which is facing problems due to frequent monsoon failure and depleting water resources.