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Minister inaugurates Dedicated Water Supply Scheme works

Development work: Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam (left) inaugurating the Dedicated Water Supply Scheme at Thottilpatti Village near Mettur on Wednesday. — Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Development work: Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam (left) inaugurating the Dedicated Water Supply Scheme at Thottilpatti Village near Mettur on Wednesday. — Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan  

The project is expected to be over in 48 months

Work on the World Bank-aided Rs. 283.09- crore Dedicated Water Supply Scheme for Salem city, which will ensure 135 litres per head per day to the city's 8.25 lakh population, was inaugurated on Wednesday.

The project, expected to be over in 48 months, is envisaged to meet the demands of the projected city population of 11 lakhs in 2025 supplying 155 million litres per day and a population of 13.24 lakhs in 2040 with the augmented supply of 200 million litres per day.

Tenders

Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam who inaugurated the works at Thottilpatti Village in Mettur block where the scheme would be having its source in River Cauvery, said that tenders had been finalised recently and four contractors had been shortlisted to execute the project, which got delayed due to fund crunch.

“Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin took enormous interest and sanctioned the scheme for the people of Salem,” Mr. Arumugam said.

Hoping that the works would be completed within 18 months as in the case of Ramanathapuram Water Supply Scheme, the minister pointed out that the project would ensure uniform distribution of water on daily basis.

He said that various water schemes in Salem district had been executed only during the DMK rule.

Mr. Arumugam asked the officials to coordinate the works on the new water scheme and Underground Drainage scheme, being carried out simultaneously in the city.

Collector J. Chandrakumar presided over the function in which Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini, Deputy Mayor C. Panneerselvam, Corporation Commissioner Dr. K.S. Palanisamy and others participated.

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