Chennai sources have stated that currently water drawn from the quarries in Sikkarayapuram would be supplied to augment the city’s drinking water needs till the end of August. Meanwhile when reviewing the works to provide water from the quarries on Saturday, Minister for Municipal Administration S.P. Velumani said about 30 million litres of water a day would be drawn from the 22 quarries through a pipeline and treated at Chembarambakkam treatment plant for city’s drinking water consumption.
Meanwhile when pointing out that the project was carried out at a cost of 13.63 crore, he said that water pumped from quarries were found to be of good quality. Moreover, the water from Porur tank would also be pumped and four mld of water would be used for city supply from June 23. The work was being implemented at a cost of 3.80 crore.
Furthermore when recalling that the State had experienced poor rainfall
that was deficit by 62 % last year, he said nearly 105.01 crore was allocated
to manage drought in Chennai. About 700 tankers have been hired to operate
about 7,000 trips daily for drinking water supply.
At present, the city is being supplied with 470 mld by tapping water from various sources such as agricultural wells in Tiruvallur and bore well in Neyveli and Paravanaru river belt. With the available resources, water supply would be continued till October at the rate of 420 mld.