Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, ministers and officials would participate in the event. The much-delayed reservoir in Tiruvallur district, formed by combining two lakes – Thervoy Kandigai and Kannankottai, is expected to meet Chennai’s additional requirement for drinking water.
Spread across 1,495 acres, it will serve as the fifth reservoir for the city and may help avert drought-like situation. It would facilitate the supply of 65 million litres a day (MLD) water to the city and the project will raise the combined storage of water in the lakes feeding the metro by 1,000 mcft, a Public Works Department (PWD) official said.
At present the four main reservoirs – Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembarambakkam have a total storage capacity of 11,257 mcft. Besides the phase II project of Chennai Metro Rail, Shah would also lay the foundation stones for the Coimbatore- Avinashi elevated expressway project, Indian Oil Corporation’s petroleum terminal at Vallur and a Rs 1400 crore Lube Plant at Amullaivoyal among others, the release said.