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Rs.67.26-cr. proposal for drinking water scheme

Special Correspondent

Over 600 villages to benefit in Nagapattinam district

NAGAPATTINAM: The district administration has sent a proposal to the Government for approval of a Rs.67.26-crore combined protected drinking water scheme to benefit 610 villages in Kollidam, Sirkazhi, Mayiladuturai and Sembanarkovil blocks.

A study conducted recently had revealed that the iron content in the groundwater in 184 villages in Kollidam and Sirkazhi blocks and 111 villages in Mayiladuturai and Sembanarkovil blocks was more than the permissible level.

Based on the study, the administration had sent a proposal for sanctioning a combined protected drinking water supply scheme to these villages and also 41 wayside habitations in Kollidam and Sirkazhi blocks and 315 villages in Mayiladuturai and Sembanarkovil blocks, Collector M. Jayaraman said while addressing the District Planning Committee meeting held here recently.

The scheme will be implemented in a span of one or two years after getting the nod from the Government.

He said that groundwater was being tested in several parts of the district to study the mineral contents and based on the studies by experts combined protected drinking water supply scheme would be implemented wherever necessary.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Water Supply And Drainage Board and health authorities in the district have been asked to monitor and check the quality of protected drinking water supply being supplied through combined water supply scheme in Nagapattinam, Vedaranyam, Mayiladuturai and Kilvelur blocks.

Referring to other development works, the Collector said that the Centre had allocated Rs.30 crore for 2007-08 and 2008-09 for carrying out several development works in backward areas in the four municipal areas, eight town panchayats and 11 panchayat unions in the district and pointed out that the works were being carried out in full swing and would be completed within the stipulated time. K. Arunmani, Project Officer, DRDA, Nagapattinam, and G. Marimuthu, secretary of district panchayat, and others spoke.

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