November 16, 2009 Leave a comment
Collector asks people living on the banks of the river to move to safer places
MADURAI: Collector N. Mathivanan has appealed to the public, who lived along the river banks, to move to safer places following rise in water flow into the Vaigai since Saturday night.
Continuous rain had resulted in rise in storage levels in Vaigai and Periyar dams. As a precautionary measure, Public Works Department officials discharged 3,000 cusecs from the Vaigai reservoir into the river, while 1,800 cusecs of water was released for irrigation into the Periyar Main Canal and provided another 80 cusecs for drinking water purpose.
According to a press release, Mr. Mathivanan held a review meeting with PWD engineers and revenue officials on the need for effective management of people and movement of materials to the needy in the wake of continuous rain. Utilising the rain, it was decided to ensure that all tanks in the district were filled. Apart from the RDO Usilampatti and Madurai, all tahsildars in the district have been instructed to get in touch with the PWD officials and coordinate in handling the situation. The corporation authorities made announcements through mobile public address system on the banks of the Vaigai on Sunday cautioning the people to move away to safer places. The cattle belonging to them should also be removed from the river side.
The sea-weeds on the river were removed on a war-footing after Union Minister M.K. Alagiri inspected the causeways adjoining the Arapalayam-Simakkal-Sellur areas two days ago.
With continuous rain, the flow into the Vaigai dam is likely to increase, which means, the discharge into the river would rise further in the next 24 hours, officials said.
Mr. Mathivanan visited Vaigai dam on Sunday for an on-the-spot inspection, an official said.