Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has laid foundation for construction of a new reservoir in Tiruvallur district by merging the lakes in Kannankottai and Thervoykandigai villages, at an expenditure of `330 crore. Laying the foundation on Wednesday, she also inspected the design for the new reservoir.
The new reservoir will have a storage capacity of one tmc if water is filled twice in an year. Further, the new facility will be helpful in checking rainwater from flowing into the sea and to store Krishna water received from Andhra Pradesh. The new reservoir would augment the resources for providing drinking water to the Chennaiites. At present, the reservoirs at Poondi, Redhills, Chembarampakkam and Sholavaram cater to the drinking water requirements of the Chennai residents. Through New Veeranam Scheme also, Chennaiites are getting water. In the coming years, the new reservoir in Tiruvallur district is likely to ensure more quantum of water to Chennai. PWD Minister KV Ramalingam, Chief Secretary Sheela Balakrishnan, PWD Secretary M Saikumar and senior officials were present.