The Tamil Nadu government will take up drinking water projects worth Rs 3,384.84 crore across the state. While some of the projects will be funded by foreign banks like Germany-based KFW, the remaining will be taken up along with Centre and through internal funding.
Addressing the Assembly on Monday, deputy chief minister MK Stalin said the government would implement a drinking water scheme in Vellore district at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore. The project was earlier estimated at Rs 1,400 crore. The capacity has also been revised to 270 million litres per day from 150 million litres.
The proposed scheme will have Cauvery as its water source. The project would benefit six corporations, five town panchayats and 64 villages in the district.
Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited will provide Rs 1,500 crore. Stalin said, "We are looking for funds to expedite the project."
Similarly, the government will take up drinking water projects in Virunagar, Pudukottai, Kovilpatti, Kayalpatti, Tiruvanamallai, Pudukottai and Chennai for Rs 1,000 crore.
The state government along with the Centre will also take up water connectivity projects for 7,000 rural households with an outlay of around Rs 380.61 crore, said Stalin.