Tamilnadu: Salem-New Lake remains dry despite heavy rain over past few weeks

Almost all channels that feed the water body are blocked with silt

SALEM: The New Lake, a major water spread in Kannankurichi area here, remains dry despite the city and its suburbs experiencing moderate to heavy rain for the past few weeks.

The reason: Almost all the channels that feed the lake – which has water spread area of over 100 acres – remain heavily silted.

The lake is an important water source for the farmers in the area.

No storage: The New Lake in Kannankurichi remains dry as the channels carrying water to the lake are full of silt. — Photo: P. Goutham

No storage: The New Lake in Kannankurichi remains dry as the channels carrying water to the lake are full of silt. — Photo: P. Goutham

It recharges hundreds of bore wells in and around the panchayat.

Ground water recharge

About 800 acres of lands are being irrigated through ground water recharge in the Kannankurichi panchayat alone.

“Earlier, the lake used to reach the full level and often surplus during heavy rains. Even after the district witnessed significant amount of rain, the lake has not received any water,” farmers point out.

The farmers had made repeated representations to the officials concerned to desilt the water-carrying channels. But no fruitful efforts had been made so far.

Desilt

Farmers urged the State government to initiate immediate efforts to desilt the water-carrying channels and remove the encroachments on them.

Staff Reporter – From THE HINDU

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