Thanjavur: Drinking water facility will be improved at a cost of Rs 191.74 crore in Thanjavur city corporation area under Smart city scheme said Mr. R. Duraikannu, State Agriculture minister, here on Saturday.
He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for 18 major works to be taken up at a cost of Rs 454.80 crore under Smart city scheme at Vennar pumping station.
He said that the Central government has identified Thanjavur for development as a smart city following proposals sent by the Tamil Nadu government.
Besides improving infrastructure and other facilities, Thanjavur old town will be developed into a city that will provide smart solutions for the needs of the people under the scheme, the minister said.
Works to be taken up include improving underground drainage at a cost of `93.68 crore, Rajappa park and clock tower in it at a cost of `four crore, Sivaganga park at a cost of `8.10 crore, old bus stand at a cost of Rs 14.88 crore, Thiruvaiyaru bus stand (stand from where buses going for Thiruvaiyaru start) at a cost of Rs 13.85 crore, placing solar panels on government buildings at a cost of Rs 2.21 crore, improving Kamaraj market at a cost of Rs 17.47 crore, Serfoji market at a cost of `14.59 crore, among others.
“A sum of Rs 40 crore has been allotted for rehabilitation of people who are displaced,” the minister said.
All the works are expected to be completed by 2021, the minister added.