Works of around Rs. 28.8 crore have been proposed to tide over the problem of drinking water shortage in Coimbatore district, Local Administration and Rural Development Minister K.P. Munusamy told the Assembly on Thursday.

A total of 831 works, estimated to cost Rs. 18.76 crore, had been planned by the Rural Development Department.

Of them, 346 works were meant for 433 habitations where drought was prevailing.

Besides, the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board would execute a scheme of individual power pumps, costing Rs. 10.3 crore, for 120 rural habitations after consulting Coimbatore District Collector, the Minister said, replying to the debate on a call attention notice given by floor leader of the Communist Party of India M. Arumugham.

Pointing out that the Coimbatore district accounted for 228 village panchayats in 12 panchayat unions, the Minister said that there were 2,032 rural habitations.

Of them, 1,994 habitations had a service level of 40 litres per capita per day.

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