Project expected to be completed by July 2014
Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development, Law, Courts and Prisons K.P. Munusamy on Saturday inspected the ongoing works in Mettur for the supply of 215 million litres of water per day to Vellore Corporation and other areas.
The Combined Water Supply Scheme (CWSS) to Vellore Corporation, 11 municipalities, five town panchayats and 944 rural habitations in Vellore district is being implemented at a cost of Rs. 1,295 crore and is expected to benefit 18.68 lakh people.
Raw water would be pumped from the upstream of Chekkanur Barrage and treated at the plant with a capacity of 181 million litres of water at Thottilpatti. Water is then pumped from the plant and stored at booster stations before travelling through pipeline of 313.06 k.m.
Implemented by Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board and said to be the major drinking water project in the State, the project is expected to be completed by July 2014. Currently, these areas depend on Palar and Ponnaiar rivers.
The Minister also inspected the ongoing works for supply of water to Mettur Municipality, implemented at a cost of Rs. 13.03 crore.
Minister for Highways and Minor Ports Edappadi K. Palaniswami, K. Phanindra Reddy, Secretary to Government, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, C. Vijayaraj Kumar, Managing director, TWAD Board, City Municipal Corporation Commissioner M. Ashokan, engineers and other officials were present.