TAMIL NADU

Water schemes still waiting for budgetary allocation

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: : The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board Workers' Federation has criticised the State Government for non-allocation of funds in the current budget for several drinking water projects announced by it.

In a statement, its State vice-president, K.K.N. Rajan, and headquarters secretary, P.H.C.M. Gandhi, said postponing implementation of works due to non-allocation of funds had resulted in escalation of cost and eventually ended up in giving up the projects per se.

Some of the schemes, which the Government had "proposed to implement" in last year's budget, found a mention in this year's budget also.

It listed some of the pending combined drinking water schemes (CWSS).Besides, some of the schemes for which the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, had laid foundation stones too suffer without fund allocation. Shelaid foundation stone for a drinking water improvement scheme to benefit Ranipet, Jolarpet, Odukathur and Ambur, in Vellore district in Februrary 2003. Similarly, the Kollidam CWSS expansion work, for which she laid the foundation stone at Perambalur in March 2003 and the Rs. 10-crore water project for which the foundation stone was laid in Tiruchi the same month did not find a mention in the budget.

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