Tuticorin: Rs. 30-crore water scheme work to start

Eighty per cent of expenditure to be borne by Centre

Tuticorin: Development work on a new drinking water scheme for the residents of Kayalpattinam in Tuticorin district are expected to commence shortly.

The project would be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 30 crore.

Eighty per cent of the total expenditure would be borne by the Central Government, 10 per cent by the State Government and the rest by the residents.

Speaking to The Hindu, W.S. Seyed Abdur Rahman, Chairman, Kayalpattinam Third Grade Municipality, said that this would serve the basic need of the residents.

Kayalpattinam, a religious town housing over 45,000 people, is called “ Siru Mecca” (Small Mecca) because of the large number of Muslim residents. Since the town faces the coast, there are over 750 fishermen. Kayalpattinam is also called “Kalaignarpattinam” by many of them since the majority of people prefer the DMK government.

“Though the place was accorded with a third grade municipality status, the residents still prefer an orthodox standard of living. There is no cinema theatre, police station or liquor shop in Kayalpattinam. The only source of entertainment is the beach which is usually crowded on weekends. Adequate measures have to be taken to augment facilities here.

Demands

Underground drainage work should also be implemented here. Representations were made to ensure the extension of transport facilities to Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore from here,” Mr. Rahman added.

From THE HINDU

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