CHENNAI: Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani on Wednesday said that despite insufficient rains during the past three years, drinking water supply in all parts of the State remained excellent due to the precautionary steps taken by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Replying to a call attention motion raised by the members of DMK, CPM, CPI, Congress, MMK, PMK and PT, the Minister said top officials visited areas under their respective jurisdictions around 6 am everyday to ensure proper supply of drinking water to all sections.
He called the demonstration staged by DMK leader MK Stalin in Kolathur recently ‘stage-managed’ with the participation of non-residents of Kolathur.
During the past four years, works relating to drinking water supply had been completed at a cost of Rs 2,921 crore in rural areas. Drinking water supply in 12,524 village panchayats had been monitored online. Of the 1,00,018 habitations in the State, 96,271 has been receiving adequate supply of drinking water. Government would provide adequate supply of drinking water to the remaining 3,747 habitations within this year, he said.
The Minister said as of now, 87 drinking water projects were being implemented at a cost of Rs 2,856 crore. After their completion, each person in Corporations, except Chennai, and municipalities would get 135 litres per day.