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Hogenakkal drinking water scheme: works on schedule, says Stalin

promise: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin unveils statue of Periyar before inaugurating the Periyar Samathuvapuram in Paruvathanaalli panchayat in Pennagaram taluk in Dharmapuri district on Sunday. –

promise: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin unveils statue of Periyar before inaugurating the Periyar Samathuvapuram in Paruvathanaalli panchayat in Pennagaram taluk in Dharmapuri district on Sunday. –   | Photo Credit: Photo: N. Bashkaran

Staff Reporter

It will be completed in five stages; bidding process has begun

DHARMAPURI: Works on the Hogenakkal Integrated Drinking Water Scheme would start as scheduled in March 2010, said Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister here on Sunday.

Mr. Stalin said the project would be completed in five stages. Tenders have been floated and they would be finalised soon. The actual work for the scheme would start well before March. The project would be completed before March 2012, he said.

The bids of the tenders for the first stage of works were opened on November 11. Nine companies have participated in the tender. Bids for the second stage would be opened on December 21, third stage on December 31, fourth stage on November 20 for supplying drinking water to Hosur and fifth stage on December 29.

Samathuvapuram

Mr. Stalin said 30 Samathuvapurams would be established during the 2010-11 financial year and the rest the following fiscal.

He laid the foundation stone for the Harur Samathuvapuram planned at an outlay of Rs. 21.17 crores.

He laid foundation for 747 development works, inaugurated new buildings and works to the tune of Rs. 29.82 crore and gave away financial assistance to 55,221 beneficiaries to the tune of Rs. 31.74 crore. Stalin also distributed Rs. 7.80-crore as revolving fund to 1311 women Self Help Groups. A demand for SIPCOT industrial estate, an Arts College in Harur, a Mango Pulp Industry in Palacode and a Malibnum industry at Harur were made by people’s representatives.

A public meeting at Harur, Mr. Stalin said members of any political party should respect those in the Opposition parties. Anna and Periyar had adopted this approach throughout their political career.

Mr. Stalin said 6,300 members of variour parties joined the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam at Harur on Sunday.

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