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CM allots funds for new desalination plants

The desalination plant

in Pattipulam will be completed in four years, she said. The Chief Minister also unveiled a Rs. 303.78 crore drinking water scheme under the Chennai Metropolitan Development Plan, for the current year. This scheme will ensure that water reaches homes directly through taps in 14 areas and will benefit 3.47 lakh people. The areas included in the scheme are: Idayanchavadi, Chadayankuppam, Kadapakkam, Manali, Soorapattu, Chinnasekkadu, Mugalivakkam, Perungudi and Palavakkam.

A similar scheme is already being implemented in nine areas at a cost of Rs. 192.3 crore.
Sewerage system

Yet another project was announced for local bodies that have been recently added to the city limits. This Rs. 121 crore sewerage project will benefit 80,000 people in Kathirvedu, Surapet, Nolambur and Mugalivakkam.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said electric streetlights would also be installed in these extended areas. At total of 1,10,000 lights would be installed at a cost of Rs. 300 crore.
Integrated roads

Pointing out that integrated road facilities had been provided to the recently-added areas, the Chief Minister said in 2013-14, integrated roads would be laid spanning 225 km. The project cost is Rs. 290 crore.

These integrated roads would have stormwater drainages, street lights, footpaths, and ducts for various services.

She said in 2011-12 the government had spent Rs. 333.27 crore to lay integrated roads covering 175.36 km. This was followed by a Rs. 253 crore project in 2012-13. This covered 122 km along interior roads.

Graphic box:

The city and its water

No. of water connections: 7,35,608

Present water supply to city: 831 mld

Present water requirement in city 1,190 mld

By 2030, city”s water requirement will be: 1,552 mld

New Nemmeli plant is the fourth to come up for expanded city

Will benefit 6.46 lakh residents in southern suburbs