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Five Cuddalore villages named for World Bank-aided water project

By Our Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE, AUG. 3. Five villages in Cuddalore district will be the beneficiaries of a World Bank-aided rural water supply and sanitation programme.

The five villages identified for the project on a pilot basis are Mangulum panchayat in Mangalore block, Arulmozhithevan panchayat in Portonovo block, Annathanampettai panchayat in Kurinjipadi block, Kanisapakkam panchayat in Annagramam block and Venkarumbur panchayat in Nallur block.

The Bank-aided project is titled the Tamil Nadu Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme, Gagandeep Singh Bedi, the District Collector, said today.

He told presspersons here that village committees would be formed to oversee the implementation; they would have to mobilise adequate resources themselves without looking to the Government for funds.

Mr Bedi said the scheme envisages a 10 per cent public contribution of the total cost in habitations where the water supply was below 40 litres per capita daily.

The Collector said that there might be some resistance since the villagers had to contribute their share. Hence, to change their mindset, a Participatory Learning and Action programme was being conducted.

The programme had already been completed in the Mangulam and Arulmozhdevan panchayats, and would soon be taken to the remaining three panchayats. The scheme would be completed by February 2005, and would be extended to the rest of the district in the next four years.

Funds sanctioned

The Collector said Rs 7.60 crores had been sanctioned for the district for 2004-05 for implementing various schemes.

Combined water supply schemes would be taken up at Pallali and 18 habitations at an estimated cost of Rs 70 lakhs, at Pichavaram and six habitations - Rs 35 lakhs and at Kavarapattu and seven habitations - Rs 25 lakhs.

The scheme for Karaikadu and 17 habitations was about to be completed. An amount of Rs 1.8 crores had been earmarked for installing 300 mini-power pumps and all these works would be completed by March 2005.

The Collector said water supply schemes in 1,065 schools had been completed at a cost of Rs 2.25 crores. These were being maintained by the Parent-Teacher Associations.

Water, sanitation/ awareness drive launched

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