Minister for Municipal Administration SP Velumani, on Tuesday, said that the State government has taken long-term measures to solve the drinking water crisis in Chennai.
The Minister was replying to the queries of Sozhinganallur MLA S Aravind Ramesh who questioned the government about the measures taken to tackle drinking water crisis. “Last year, there was a severe water crisis here but even though the government has announced several new schemes for drinking water, none of the projects kickstarted,” Ramesh said. The MLA added that the Corporation, during the previous AIADMK rule, in 2002, had announced restoration of the Buckingham Canal, but instead, residents living along the banks were relocated to Kannagi Nagar.
Responding to the queries, Velumani said that the government is in the process of constructing 400 MLD reverse osmosis plant at Perur near Chennai at a total cost of Rs 6,078.4 crore. The project has obtained funding from the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) and since it is a long-term project, it will take some time to complete.
The Minister added that the government has also taken steps to get additional water from the Andhra Pradesh government in case the need arises.