The Vellore Corporation plans to install permanent generators at important pumping stations to augment the supply of water to the city. As much as Rs 144 lakh has been allotted for this purpose.
According to a recent report, Vellore Corporation received only 228.2 lakh litres of water per day from 15 headworks, while the need was 680.5 lakh litre per day, leaving a deficit of 452.30 lakh litres every day.
However, steps were being taken to supply water through private tanker lorries and by sinking new bore wells, deep wells, fixing hand pumps and mini motor pumps.
The Corporation has also taken steps to hire 10 generators to be fixed at various pumping stations to pump water even during the power cut period. Recently, the local body also extended its contract period for the generators for three more months. In response to this, there were suggestions from the councillors that the Corporation could purchase its own generators, at least for few important pumping stations, in order to reduce the hiring cost.
Following this, the Corporation allotted Rs 144 lakh for the purchase of generators. The new generators would be fixed at Palar headworks (400 KVA capacity), at a cost of Rs 30 lakh; Palar Ponnai booster station and the booster near Anna Kalaiarangam, each with a capacity of 250 KVA, and each at a cost of Rs 23 lakh, wells at Ponnai pumping stations, Iravaikadu pumping station and Thirumani pumping station each with capacity of 200 KVA and at a cost of Rs 19 lakh; and wells at Palar, with a capacity of 100 KVA and at a cost of Rs 11 lakh.