Ambur municipality sends proposal to construct check dams

AMBUR: A proposal to construct check dams in three catchment areas in Ambur has been sent to the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA), Chennai.

The check dams will help in increasing groundwater level and tackle the water shortage problem in Ambur.

According to officials of the Ambur Municipality, they have proposed to construct the check dams at the catchment areas of Vannaanthurai, Aanaimedu and Nadhiseelapuram, which are also water pumping stations. Besides increasing water level by the drought season, the dams would help farmers in the surrounding areas get increased water supply for irrigation.

“The proposal has been sent to the DMA. The municipality has sent a proposal worth Rs. 6.25 crore to take up works for developing water supply at Vannaanthurai, Aanaimedu, Nadhiseelapuram, Naickeneri and Kamanuthatu,,” said municipal chairman V. Nazeer Ahmad. Meanwhile, the municipality is taking up works to construct a small retaining wall at the head work at Aanaimedu. Tenders for the works have been floated.

Drought period

“The retaining wall will save surface water coming from mountains.

A two to three-metre-high wall will save water and help in increasing water supply in three to four months before the drought period,” he added. Similarly, retaining walls would be constructed at the head works at Vannaanthurai and Nadhiseelapuram, the tenders for which would be floated soon.


Water released from KRP dam for first crop

For rich yield:Water gushing out from the main canal of KRP dam after it was released on Thursday. — Photo: N. Bashkaran

KRISHNAGIRI: Water from the Krishnagiri Reservoir Project (KRP) dam was released for the first crop from the right and left main canals on Thursday by Collector (in charge) P. Prabhakar in the presence of E.G. Sugavanam, MP, and MLAs T. Senguttuvan and T.A. Meganathan. A total of 9,012 acres of agricultural land in 16 villages will benefit for the next 150 days from July 1 to November 27.

A total of 4,287 acres in the ayacut of right main canal and the small lakes on the way and 4,725 acres in the ayacut of left main canal and the small lakes on its way will be irrigated.

Periyamuthur, Sundekuppam, Thimmapuram, Soutaalli, Thalialli, Kalvealli, Kundalapatti, Mittaalli, Erraalli, Penneswaramadam, Kaveripattinam, Balekuli, Marichettihalli, Nagojanaalli, Janapparuralli and Paiyur will benefit from the dam water. “The time frame for water release will not be extended. Hence, farmers should use water judiciously,” Mr. Prabhakar said.

The water level in the dam was 48.50 ft as against its full height of 52 ft. S. Senguttuvan, Executive Engineer, R. Gouthaman, Assistant Executive Engineer and presidents of Water Users Associations participated.


Low dam water storage level worries farmers

In Kanyakumari district

Nagercoil: Farmers in different parts of Kanyakumari district are upset over inadequate storage of water in all the four dams including Pechipparai, Perunchani, Chittar I and Chittar II. They have expressed their concern over raising paddy crops.

Heavy rain accompanied by wind lashed different parts of the district, particularly in the catchment areas of the district on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. However, the sky remained overcast in few parts of the district.

The heavy rain in the last two days brought cheers to the farming community, particularly in the tail end areas of the district.

Water from these dams is used by farmers for irrigation purpose in both Kumbapoov and Kannipoov seasons covering 79,000 acres of area. In the meantime water from Pechipparai Dam was released on June 7 for the irrigation purpose and farmers depending on Thovalai, Ananthanar and Nanjil Nadu Puthen channel have already undertaken agriculture operations.

Farmers usually not depend on water from these dams for irrigation purpose during Kannipoov season. Instead, they use rain water. However, owing to inadequate rain during the southwest monsoon so far, water level is poor when compared to last year.


Due to heavy wind, the roofs of the three houses were damaged at Kunnuvilai near Vadaserry when a tree fell on it. Similarly, a big tree was also uprooted and fell on the house of Raja Guru of Muthu Nagar near Aralvoimozi. In this incident the wife of Raja Guru , Lalitha sustained injuries and was hospitalised.


One man’s initiative ensures water-security in drought condition

Planting lakhs of trees, designing hundreds of check dams, and evolving new techniques of irrigating tree saplings in dry regions are feats of an out-of-the-box thinker named Mr. Premjibhai Patel, Rajkot, Gujarat.

Mr. Patel’s tree planting efforts first started from Rajkot, but soon spread to states such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Every morning, carrying a bagful of seeds and a small spade, the farmer planted seeds on field bunds, along road sides, and vacant lands. Individuals and some institutions also volunteered to help in the farmer’s effort at ecological restoration.

Check Dams

Since manual seed planting proved laborious, Mr. Patel developed a petrol-driven mechanical blower mounted on a jeep back for broadcasting seeds.

The blower, which cost about Rs 12,000, blows seeds upto a distance of 15 meters, says the farmer. Using the blower he broadcasted 10 tonnes of tamarind seeds in several villages.

Mr. Patel also developed a unique technique for tree planting in drought prone regions of Kutch, Bhuj, and Saurashtra. He selected plastic pipes of about seven inches diameter and 1-1.5 feet height.

“Bore two small holes on opposite sides at the top end of the pipe and place it inside a half foot pit. Keep the root of the seedling next to the pipe inside the pit. Add a mixture of sand, soil and gravel to fill the pipe. Insert a small stick through the two holes at the top of the pipe and remove the pipe. Water poured on the sand reaches the roots of plants without wastage or evaporation,” he explains.

The rate of seedlings survival increases by this method, according to the farmer.

Now Mr. Patel is concentrating on watershed development through an organization called Vruksh Prem Seva Sanstha Trust. The trust works through about 150 nature clubs on nearly 1,000 hectares. The trust launched a campaign in several villages for ground water conservation through well recharge.

“Though the government introduced several schemes to encourage the development of checkdams’ in drought prone regions of Gujarat and offered subsidies, villagers did not evince interest in them because they often considered check dams as government projects. To motivate people to actively participate in building dams and to bring awareness on groundwater recharging I introduced a scheme for people,” says the farmer.

Mr. Patel himself bears the cost of checkdam construction except cement cost. (In some cases the farmer also bore the total cost including cement). Those interested in the scheme contacted him and he personally visited the area to get first hand information about the location and help them construct the dams.

Explaining the checkdam construction method Mr. Premjibhai says:

“I place large stones in the middle of the flowing water and use river sand, stones and cement to fill the gap between the stones. Iron rods are inserted into holes in the stones for added strength. The body wall of the dam is built in such a way that it slopes at an angle of 60 degrees and the width of the top wall maintained at one metre height (height can be increased in future).”

According to the farmer, circular dams are more economical than the straight ones, because the thin walls of the dams make them cost effective.

About 1,500 check dams and 50,000 feet of pipeline for recharging underground wells are his contribution to society.

Mr. Premjibhai’s initiative in water conservation ensures water security even in a drought season. Today farmers no longer remain idle even during summer as ground water table has increased considerably and there is timely water availability for agricultural activities. He also bagged the National Water Award recently from the Ministry of Water Resources.

For more information readers can contact Mr. Premjibhai Patel, Fulara Mill Godown, Furniture Gali, Rajmarg, Upleta, Rajkot, mobile: 9426202340.

M. J. Prabhu – From THE HINDU

Theni: Water level in dam rises by more than a foot in 24 hours

THENI: The water level in Vaigai dam rose by more than a foot in the last 24 hours, thanks to sudden spurt in inflow in to the dam. Water level stood at 31.40 feet in Vaiagai dam, 1.61 feet higher than the previous level of 29.79 feet on Saturday. Inflow into the dam was 841 cusecs and the discharge 41 cusecs.

Inflow into the dam shot up by over 800 cusecs on Sunday from just 204 cusecs on Saturday.

The flow in major rivers in the district was good.

Farmers in Cumbum Valley were very happy as the water level in Periyar dam touched 110 feet following steady increase in inflow into the dam and intermittent showers. But several parts of the district did not receive rain at all. Inflow into the dam was 185 cusecs and the discharge nil.

Rainfall recorded at various places at 8 a.m. on Sunday (in mm): Periyar 19, Thekkadi 4.2, Gudalur 1.2 Veerapandi 1. No rain was recorded in any other parts of the district.