Tiruchi: Reservoir work likely to commence this year

TIRUCHI: Estimates for the Viswakudi reservoir sanctioned at a cost of Rs.19 crore in Perambalur district has been forwarded to the government and the work on the project is expected to commence this financial year. The reservoir to be built across the Kallar River, between Pachamalai and Sengamalai, in Thondamanthurai village would fulfil a long felt need of the people of the Veppanthattai taluk.

The reservoir would help stabilise irrigation in an area of about 2,478 acres apart from contributing to a substantial improvement in the water table in the surrounding villages, M. Paneerselvam, Executive Engineer, Plan Formulation Division, Public Works Department, Tiruchi, told ‘The Hindu.’ The reservoir would harness the water flow from the hills during the monsoon. The reservoir, to be built with financial assistance from the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund of the NABARD, would have a water storage capacity of 31 million cubic feet and two sluices. The water spread area would be about 43 acres and the storage height of the reservoir would be 9.5 metres. The reservoir would have an “uncontrolled weir” running for about 44 metres allowing for automatic flow of water once it was filled. The total length of the earthen bund around the reservoir would be about 615 metres. New irrigation channels would be created for a total length of about 4,100 metres.

Work on the project is expected to begin once the design approval and other formalities were completed, Mr. Paneerselvam said.

By S.Ganesan From THE HINDU

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