Minister for Water Resources P.J. Joseph has said that a new project worth Rs.805 crore will be implemented for supplying more drinking water to the district, including areas like Thrikkakara.

He was inaugurating the new section office and collection centre of Kerala Water Authority at Thrikkakara.

Mr. Joseph said that Kochi had not received much benefit from the HUDCO project. He said that a larger project worth Rs.5,000 crore, encompassing the Rs. 805 crore-project, had been forwarded for the consideration of the Union government realising the need for supplying more piped water. The minister said that the city will receive 109 million litres per day (MLD) water under this project.

The State had realised the importance of drinking water supply with the onset of severe drought this year. The canals in the State had to be repaired for facilitating increased water flow. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had also agreed to give preference to this.

Mr. Joseph said that conservation of water through rain water harvesting units should also be made mandatory. Benny Behanan, MLA, presided.