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"If aid is not forthcoming from Japanese Bank, we will take it up with our funds" "If aid is not forthcoming from Japanese Bank, we will take it up with our fund"

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin are keen on ensuring the execution of the Hogenekkal combined water supply scheme, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Secretary K. Deenabandu said on Tuesday.

Pointing out that the Japan Bank for International Cooperation had been approached for funding, Mr. Deenabandu referred to the discussions held last week by the JBIC officials with the State Government.

Financial assistance

The Government hoped that the bank would provide financial assistance. "In case this does not materialise, the Chief Minister and the Local Administration Minister have told us that the Government will take up the project using its funds," he said, presiding over a function organised by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board.

The Government was taking steps for creating an underground sewer network in all municipalities.

Honouring Board employees for their impeccable record with certificates and assistance, Mr. Stalin announced that the Chief Minister sanctioned a proposal to relax conditions for upgrading workers on honorarium pay as workers on consolidated pay.

Employees promoted

A order to cover 153 employees was issued. In the last nine months, 525 Board employees were promoted.

Board Managing Director Swaran Singh said that since the DMK assumed office, 50 out of 60 combined water supply schemes for rural areas and 45 out of 60 schemes for urban areas were completed.

The rest would be executed by the end of this month.