Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development K.P. Munusamy along with the officials inspected the progress of the Rs. 1,928.80-crore Hogenakkal Drinking Water and Fluorosis Mitigation Project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Saturday.

A report by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, a nodal agency for implementing the project says that the project works would be completed before March 31.

When asked about the progress and the possible date of the dedication of the project to the Nation, the Minister said that it would be decided and announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

The project is being implemented under five packages to benefit the population of over 36 lakh people.

The project will benefit three municipalities, seventeen town panchayats and 6,755 hamlets in the two districts.

The water supply would be maintained at 53 litres per person in municipalities, 41 litres in town panchayats and 30 litres in village panchayats, the report said.

According to the report, 81 per cent of the works were over under Package I at the head works on the banks of the Cauvery River in Hogenakkal and rest of the works would be over by February 28.

Under Package II, 90 per cent, and under Package III, 76 per cent works were over. The balance works in these two packages would be over by March 31.

Under package IV, 87 per cent of the works were over and the balance works would be finished before February 28.

Under Package V, 90 per cent of the works were over, and the balance works would be completed before March 31, the report adds.

Altogether, 87 per cent of the project works were over and an amount of Rs. 1,193.24 crore had been spent. It had been targeted to finish the project work before March 31, the report said.

Mr. Munusamy also convened a review meeting with officials in Hosur, to take stock of the progress of the works.

The Minister was accompanied by C.V. Shankar, Secretary, Municipal Administration and Water Supply, C. Ekambaram, Managing Director, TWAD Board and MLAs K.P. Anbazhagan, K.E. Krishnamurthy and Manoranjitham Nagaraj, Dharmapuri District Collector (in charge) P. Ramar and Krishnagiri Collector T.P. Rajesh and District Revenue Officer C. Prakasam.