Staff Reporter

Government to begin execution shortly

SALEM: The State Government will commence the execution of dedicated water supply scheme and the Under Ground Drainage (UGD) project for the Salem Corporation shortly.

Disclosing this at a free colour television distribution function held at Pavadi Corporation Boys Higher Secondary School here on Monday, Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam said that tenders would be called shortly for the implementation of dedicated water supply scheme at a cost of Rs. 169 crore. The Corporation had already called tenders for the Rs. 149-crore UGD project and sent them for approval.

The Corporation had already taken up the second phase of the Tirumanimutharu River project at a cost of Rs. 31.5 crore. The Vellakuttai Odai, a major drainage channel, would also be improved as a part of the project, he added.

Mr. Arumugam said that the Government supplied over 59.5 lakh television sets the beneficiaries in phases in the State.

In Salem district, over 1.50 lakh free colour television sets were distributed to eligible families.

Listing other welfare schemes implemented by the Government, the Minister said that over 3.16 lakh free house sites were distributed in the State in the last two years.

The Government had provided employment to over 2.65 lakh people in the State. A number of programmes were initiated for creating necessary amenities in all the urban and rural areas and enhance the quality of life of people listed below the poverty line, he pointed out.

Later, he handed over free television sets to 650 families. Collector N. Mathivanan presided. Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini, Corporation Commissioner M. Jayaraman and senior officials were present.

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