Chennai: Even as some segments of people persist in the agitation against the functioning of Sterlite’s copper smelter plant in Thooth-ukudi, the firm has undertaken an effort to supply drinking water to residents in several villages in the neighbourhood. The firm has been engaged in the work as a part of the Muthucharam-Tamira Surabhi Project.
Each family is being provided with 36 litres of water as tankers visit surrounding villages on alternate days. A total of 1,400 families is being covered so far - the project, launched on April 11, aims to cover 20 villages and ultimately provide drinking water to 5,000 families, a company release stated. Stainless steel tankers with a capacity ranging from 2,500 to 6,000 litres will collect potable drinking water from ISI-licensed drinking water plants and supply it to the villages on alternate days. The initial cost of the project is Rs 50 lakh and cost would increase as number of beneficiaries increases to 5,000 families.