PWD takes up work on desilting of rivers, canals

At a cost of Rs.3.77 crore in Thanjavur district

THANJAVUR: With a view to providing flood relief in vulnerable areas and enhancing irrigation in some areas, desilting of rivers and canals has been taken up by the Public Works Department this year at a cost of Rs.3.77 crore in the district.

RELIEF:Desilting in progress in Thanjavur on Saturday. — Photo: M. Srinath.

Works are going on a war-footing at many places. Vazhaipoo drainage at Palli Agraharam is desilted at a cost of Rs.3 lakh. It remained a flood-prone canal as water from various canals like Vettar and Vennar drained into it.

Following an appeal made by people in that area and after having seen the floods last year, Collector M.S. Shanmugham included the canal in the list for desilting. People said that the desilting would provide them flood relief this year. “This is an important work,” they said and thanked the Collector, who saw the works on Saturday.

Yet another important work was desilting of Konakidangalar near Ammanpettai. Branching out from the Cauvery, Konakidangalar runs as an irrigation canal for two km and later turns into a drainage canal running to 22 km via Nemam, Therku Pazhamaneri, Thirukattuppalli, Onpathuveli, Kandamangalam, Varahur, Anthili, Ambathumelnagaram, Kuzhimathur, Vellaprambur, Umayaval Arcot, Keelathirupanthuruthi and Kattukottai. It has an ayacut of 2,988 acres. This area became flood-prone last year. Because of the silt, floodwater could not be drained easily.

Desilting is done at a cost of Rs.3.50 lakh now. The Collector saw this work also on Saturday. Gorikulam canal near Pudupattinam railway bridge here is being desilted at a cost of Rs.3.50 lakh.Residential areas in this area will get flood relief because of the work. People in the area said that the canal had not been desilted for many years.

“The area will remain flood-prone every monsoon and we cannot get out of our houses. This time it may not be so, thanks to the desilting works,” people of Azhagarasan Nagar, beneficiaries of the desilting work told the Collector who saw the work.

He also inspected desilting of Vettar and Jambu Cauvery near Panaveli. The Collector later told presspersons that desilting works to the tune of Rs.2.17 crore had already been completed in the district. Ninety per cent of the works taken up under non-plan scheme at a cost of Rs.1.60 crore had also been completed.

Ten per cent of the works is going on and they will be completed before June-end. In works where agriculture engineering machinery is used, works will continue till water reached that area after release from Mettur dam. Asked his opinion about the works, the Collector said that “PWD has done an extremely good work.”

“Only need based and area specific works were taken up this year. Flood relief is one aim. We identified flood-prone areas in the floods last year and took up works in those areas. Works were taken up on the basis of utility also,” the Collector said.

Besides desilting, repair of shutters, sluices and masonry works have been taken up at a cost of Rs.1.64 crore. Fifty-two works have been taken up. S. Kannan, Executive Engineer, Cauvery division, K. Nehru, Executive Engineer, Vennar division, T. Benthamil Selvan, Executive Engineer, GA canal division, accompanied the Collector during his visit.


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