Planning Committee gives nod for water project

District Planning Committee Chairman N. Chinnadurai gave his nod for drinking water project to cater to the needs of residents in 368 villages in 12 panchayat councils in the district.

Presiding over the meeting here on Tuesday, he said the government had allotted Rs.120 crore for this project.

The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board authorities would take up the work soon. The work was scheduled in three phases.

Mr. Chinnadurai reviewed the progress of development projects being carried out through various departments at the meeting.

Road work

Meanwhile, he said road infrastructure would be developed.

The East Coast Road would be strengthened between Tuticorin and Sathankulam for a stretch of 65 kilometres at an estimated cost of Rs. 150 crore. The committee was awaiting approval from the government.

Besides, the Highways Department officials had been instructed to take up the most-awaited road project to link Vanchi Maniyachi railway station to Tuticorin.

Thanking the Chief Minister Jayalalitha for the facility, he said many rail users would benefit from the road link up to Maniyachi parallel to the railway track.

A sum of Rs.110 crore had been earmarked for the facility. He appealed to the officials concerned to expedite the development works.

Collector M. Ravikumar and vice-chairman of the committee S. Kasthuri spoke.

Officials from departments of Rural Development, TWAD Board, Highways, Social Welfare, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Forest, TANGEDCO and Pollution Control Board attended.