Special Correspondent

Proposed by the TWAD Board, it will cost Rs. 13.57 crore Proposed by the TWAD Board, it will cost Rs. 13.57 crore

CHENNAI: A Rs. 13.57-crore scheme has been proposed for augmenting water supply in the Tiruttani and Arakonam municipalities.

At present, Tiruttani has a supply level of 47 litres per capita per day (LPCD) and Arakonam 65 LPCD. The norm prescribed for the municipalities is 90 LPCD.

The scheme will ensure that the municipalities fulfil the prescribed level of water supply. It envisages a total supply of four million litres a day (MLD).

Of this, Arakonam (population 82,500) will get 2.5 MLD and Tiruttani (population 41,000) 1.5 MLD. The scheme has been drawn up by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board and sent to the Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation for funding.

Scheme for Athipattu

One ongoing project that will benefit Tiruvallur district is the water supply scheme for Athipattu, a northern suburb of Chennai, and 72 other habitations. This project, being implemented at a cost of Rs. 3.15 crore, will provide 1.33 MLD, and ensure that the areas meet the prescribed level of 40 LPCD.

Of the 3,704 rural habitations in Tiruvallur district, 2,253 have a supply level of 40 LPCD. A total of 320 habitations would be taken up for full coverage this year.

Reviewing the progress of schemes for the district, Local Administration and Water Supply Minister M.K. Stalin told officials last week that 575 habitations with a supply level of 10-20 LPCD should be taken up during the current year.

Poor groundwater

In view of the poor quality of groundwater in the Nerkundram and Pulicat villages, the Board decided to conduct feasibility studies and formulate a project in three months. The works pertaining to the Ammayarkuppam panchayat would be completed this month.

The TWAD Board is maintaining 10 combined water supply schemes in the district.

Among those who took part in the meeting were K. Ashok Vardhan Shetty and K. Deenabandu, Secretaries of Rural Development and MAWS Departments, and Swaran Singh, TWAD Board Managing Director.