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Steps on to tackle drought

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, JAN. 29. The Corporation Council was today informed that a series of works were being taken up to tackle drought. They included pumping of 24 million litres of water daily from private wells in Tiruvallur district and laying of 1,000-mm steel pipes between Poondi and Red Hills.

Pipelines to convey water from the new Veeranam scheme will bring in 60 million litres of drinking water a day from 45 borewells in the Panruti-Cuddalore belt, said V.Sukumar Babu, Ruling Party leader.

Following the Chief Minister's announcements about measures to tackle the drought, Rs. 700 crores would be spent in the next 10 months, he said.

Also, daily 45 million litres a day (MLD) was being brought from private wells in Kancheepuram district and city outskirts by about 1,300 lorries. Steps were being taken to increase the drawal to 70 MLD, he told the Council during the Zero Hour.

Mr. Babu was responding to queries posed by the Opposition Leader, C. V. Malayan, on the steps taken to tide over the drought.

Mr. Malayan also asked about the status of Krishna water that was to be pumped to Chennai from the Kandaleru reservoir.

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