The Combined Water Supply Scheme for Vellore Corporation, 11 municipalities, five town pachayats and 944 rural habitations in Vellore district with the Cauvery as source would be the answer for the shortage of drinking water prevailing in the district.

According to Collector P. Sankar, 68 MLD of water should be provided for a Corporation, while the Vellore Corporation was being provided with 26 MLD at present.

“There is shortfall in water supply for the Corporation, municipalities and town panchayats. The scheme will supplement drinking water supply as once it is completed, we can cater to the needs of people,” he said. After completion of the scheme, the Vellore Corporation would get 135 litres per capita a day (LPCD), 11 municipalities would receive 90 LPCD, five town panchayats would get 70 LPCD of water and 944 rural habitations would get 40 LPCD of water, according to Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board.

The scheme would cover the municipalities of Tirupattur, Jolarpet, Vaniyambadi, Ambur, Pernambut, Gudiyatham, Melvisharam, Arcot, Ranipet, Walajah and Arakkonam, five town panchayats – Alangayam, Natrampalli, Udayendram, Pallikonda and Odugathur.

It will cater for 944 rural habitations across 13 panchayat unions - Kandhili, Tirupattur, Jolarpet, Alangayam, Madhanur, Pernambut, Gudiyatham, K.V. Kuppam, Katpadi, Vellore, Anaicut, Arcot and Walajah.