Tamil Nadu launches new drinking water project

February 27th, 2008 - 12:19 am ICT by admin  

Dharmapuri (Tamil Nadu), Feb 26 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Tuesday laid the foundation stone for a drinking water project at the Hogenakkal waterfall to be constructed with Rs.11.4 million in aid from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). The waterfall, which attracts thousands of tourists every year, will be upgraded to a drinking water project for two western districts of Tamil Nadu and supply water to three million people.

The project, the Hogenakkal Water Supply and Fluorosis Mitigation Project, is located about 450 km south-west of Chennai. It is expected to cover 6,755 households in three municipalities, 17 panchayats and 18 town panchayats, benefiting three million people.

The 20-metres tall waterfall is from a tributary of the Cauvery river, about 250 metres above sea level.

Hogenakkal is considered a sacred bathing place as the water is said to have healing properties.

Safe drinking water would be provided from the waterfall to the fluoride-affected towns and villages in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts, bordering Karnataka, at a total cost of Rs.13.3 billion.

The JBIC loan would be at an interest of 1.25 percent. The deal was finalised by Karunanidhi’s son and Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin during a visit to Japan last week.

The drinking water scheme was first mooted in 1965, with the idea of bringing piped drinking water from Hogenakkal to Chennai.

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