Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday announced a slew of drinking water projects to be implemented across the state in 2013-14. The projects include Integrated Drinking Water Supply Projects, desalination plants in Ramanathapuram and Thoothukudi districts and drinking water improvement projects in five corporations, at a total expenditure of Rs 797.69 crore. Jayalalithaa also announced that Dindigul and Thanjavur municipalities would be upgraded to corporations, waste-to-energy projects in five corporations and 24 municipalities and the creation of a Municipal Accounts Service.
These announcements were made by Jayalalithaa under Rule 110 of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Rules.
In a bid to address the drinking water concerns of pockets across the State, Jayalalithaa announced that her government would set up desalination plants, one each in Ramanathapuram and Thoothukudi districts. The plants, which would be able to produce 100 million litres of potable water per day, are aimed at improving water supply in the parched regions.