CHENNAI: During her first two tenures as the head of the State, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has evolved and implemented many a schemes aimed at the development of urban areas and improvement of infrastructure facilities for the people living in those areas. In her first year, she has announced a number of new projects under the Municipal Administration Department and has been constantly reviewing their progress with officials.
For the current financial year too, under her directions, many new projects have been evolved and they were announced in the State Assembly during the budget session.
Some of the projects include underground sewerage projects that will be taken in 22 towns at a cost of Rs 2,355 crore. Under the sustainability component, it is proposed to construct 1,568 recharge structures including 919 check dams, 45 percolation ponds, 245 recharge shafts, improvement of 234 ooranis, hydrofracturing in 125 bore wells.
Underground sewerage projects will be taken at a cost of `755.98 crore in the Town Panchayats.
New drinking water schemes at a cost of Rs 1,527.63 crore to benefit as many 8,134 habitations with a population of 44.36 lakh people in five municipalities, 17 town panchayats, 63 panchayat unions in the districts of Cuddalore, Villupuram, Pudukottai, Theni, Sivaganga, Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Tirunelveli will be taken up.
As many as 230 ooranis in Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts will be renovated at a cost of `15.88 crore.
Feasibility studies will be undertaken for six combined drinking water supply projects to benefit 19.04 lakh people living in 4,241 habitations in the districts of Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruchi and
Dindigul. Under Integrated Urban Development Mission, 4,940 works covering various sectors are underway at a cost of `250.80 crore benefiting 529 town panchayats.