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Salem city to have water supply scheme from Mettur at a cost of Rs. 120 crores Works such as repair of valves and replacement of old pipelines will be taken up to ensure an equal distribution of water to all the areas in the city

SALEM: Agricultural Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam has said that the existing Mettur-Attur Comprehensive Water Supply Scheme, which has its source in river Cauvery, would be extended up to the border town of Talavasal in the district.

Talking to reporters here on Tuesday after reviewing the performances of various departments, Mr. Arumugam said that the extended scheme would include hundreds of wayside habitations in Ayodhiapattinam, Vazhapadi, Pedanaickenpalayam, Attur, Talavasal and Gengavalli unions.

"The proposal is being readied," he further added. The Minister said Salem city would have a dedicated water supply scheme from Mettur at the cost of Rs. 120 crores in view of its burgeoning population and its future needs.

He said that works such as repair of valves and replacement of old pipelines would be taken up to ensure an equal distribution of water to all the areas in the city.

"The engineers of Salem Corporation, Tamil Nadu Water and Drainage (TWAD) Board would coordinate their efforts to ensure protected and equal distribution of water to the city's citizens," he said.

The administration would also undertake the `toning up" of the Rs. 150-crore water scheme that was implemented during 1997-98 to mitigate the water-related problems in the fluoride hit pockets of the district.

"We have asked the officials to prepare a proposal to improve the scheme so that overhead tanks and street pipes in the fluoride hit villages could be provided," the Minister added.

Saying that a majority of the civic problems in Salem city would be solved once the Under Ground Drainage (UGD) project was implemented, Mr. Arumugam pointed out that he had asked the Salem Corporation to prepare a revised proposal for the same, as the earlier one could not be implemented due to public resistance.

"The proposal for the new one will be submitted to the Government in 15 to 20 days. I am confident of getting the nod from the Chief Minister and the Minister of Local Administration," he said and added that the second phase of the Tirumanimutharu project would also be taken up shortly.

Earlier, he asked the officials of various departments to achieve their targets immediately.

He also congratulated those who had showed progress. Collector N. Mathivanan presided.

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