The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) mobilise workers from neighbouring states to complete the Rs 484.32 crore Dedicated Water Supply Scheme to supply water to Erode Corporation. The move has been taken as the workers from North Indian states have returned back to their home states due to the lockdown.
As per the water supply scheme by TWAD, it is to supply 81.10 million litres of water on a daily basis to the civic body. The civic body ensures 135 litres per capita per day for the people in the city. The work on the implementation of the scheme started in the year 2017 and had the deadline in 2019. However, the deadlines got shifted as the work was delayed due to various reasons. Around 97 percent of the works had been completed and the remaining works, including providing house service connections, are to be completed.
According to a senior engineer at TWAD, the work was halted for three months due to COVID-19 lockdown. The migrant workers had left for their home states. Hence, there are around 250 workers were being mobilised from Andhra Pradesh while 200 workers from other States. The exercise has been carried after taking permission from the district administration. In the coming week, the workers are expected to arrive and then the works can be expedited.
The scheme is expected to be commissioned by the Chief Minister along with various other works that are being implemented by the civic body under the Smart Cities Mission.