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“Sixty-two per cent of the works already completed”
“Hogenakkal water scheme progressing as scheduled”
TIRUCHI: The Ramanathapuram Combined Drinking Water Supply Scheme, being executed at the cost of Rs.616 crore, will be completed by April 2009, well ahead its scheduled date of completion in March 2010, Local Administration Minister M.K.Stalin said here on Sunday.
“Sixty-two per cent of the works has already been completed and the project is progressing at a rapid pace, much faster than anticipated,” Mr.Stalin said after inspecting the project works at the source of the scheme on the Cauvery River at Mutharasanallur on the outskirts of Tiruchi. Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi had inaugurated the project in January 2007.
The scheme would provide drinking water to five municipalities, 11 town panchayats and 3,163 rural habitations in Pudukottai, Sivagangai and Ramanathapuram districts. Four collector wells were being established on the Cauvery River bed at Kadiyakurichi and Mutharasanallur and the scheme would pump about 100 million litres a day. Pumping mains would be laid for a distance of 749.21 km up to Ramanathapuram/
Rameswaram. The project has been split into seven packages.
Seventy-five per cent of the works on the construction of the first collector well, 50 per cent on second, 20 on the third and 30 per cent on fourth collector wall have been completed so far. Pumping/gravitational mains have been laid for about 412 out of the 739 km and distribution mains have been laid for about 68 km out of the 469 km. Answering a query, Mr.Stalin said the Hogenakkal drinking water scheme was progressing as scheduled and would be completed within the stipulated time.
Union Minister of State for Forest and Environment S.Regupathy, State Ministers K.N.Nehru and N.Selvaraj, the Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board Swaran Singh, Collector T.Soundiah and other officials accompanied Mr.Stalin.
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