FIRST STEP: The unit office of the Hogenakkal Water Supply Project that was opened at Oddapatti near Dharmapuri on Tuesday. —
CHENNAI: The opening of the Hogeneakkal water supply and flurosis mitigation project implementation unit office at Oddapatti near Dharmapuri on Wednesday marked the commencement of work at the ground level.
After Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi laid the foundation stone for the project in February, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and present Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa visited Hogenekkal and contended that Tamil Nadu had initiated the project without bringing it to the notice of Karnataka and the Centre.
Tamil Nadu said the consent of Karnataka was obtained at a tripartite meeting held by the Central government 10 years ago.
Now, the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, the executing agency of the project, has identified two firms for awarding the contract of project management consultant.
A senior government official said the list of the firms had been sent to the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the funding agency. Next month, the contract would be awarded.
Declaring open the office, Swaran Singh, Managing Director of the Board, said one more office at Krishnagiri would be opened next month.
Mr. Singh said the execution of the project would begin in 2009. It would be completed in three years. The Rs.1334-crore Hogenekkal scheme, envisaging supply of 128 million litres a day in the intermediate stage (2021) and 160 MLD in the final stage (2036), would benefit people in the dry districts of Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri. In the intermediate stage, 30 lakh people would be covered and in the final, 40.4 lakh people.
Three municipalities, 17 town panchayats and 6,755 rural habitations would come under the ambit of the project. Hithesh Kumar S. Makwana, joint managing director of the Board, and P. Amudha, Dharmapuri Collector, were among those present.
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