Dindigul: Project on linking of irrigation tanks extended

DINDIGUL: With the successful implementation of a pilot project at Gujiliamparai union, the district administration has extended the project on linking of irrigation tanks and renovation of supply channels to all panchayat unions in the district except Kodaikanal.

Launching the project at Sukkampatti panchayat near here on Tuesday, Collector M. Vallalar said that 109-km supply channel would be rehabilitated and linked with 50 tanks.

A total of 62-km channel was partially silted and 14-km channel massively damaged, he said.

This project will be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs.3.55 crore under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. It will generate 3.55 lakh man days providing jobs to lakhs of rural farm workers who have registered their names under MGNREGS.

Fourteen silt ravaged ponds in Gujiliamparai, two in Dindigul, six in Athoor, four in Reddiyarchatram, two in Sanarpatti, seven in Natham, one each in Nilakottai, Batlagundu and Vedasandur, three each in Oddanchatram and Thoppampatti and six in Vadamadurai unions will be renovated.

In Dindigul union alone, 28.27-km supply channel will be desilted and rehabilitated.

On completion of this project, rural people, particularly farmers, will reap maximum benefits. A total of 215 million cubic feet of water will be stored in these renovated tanks and 1,200 open wells and 3,750 bore wells will be recharged.

The water table at nearby villages will go up sharply. Besides, 22,725 hectares of land will be brought back to cultivation. Water stored in these tanks would feed 71,000 cattle and act as sustainable drinking water source to more than 30 habitations, he added.

The district administration has plans to plant 2.5 lakh saplings in the district in September to make the district green. Saplings will also be planted along the banks of these channels. Instructions were given to dig several pits along supply channels for planting saplings.

From The Hindu

Can Almatti dam feed 22 new projects?

BANGALORE: The Global Investors Meet (GIM) saw a whopping investment of more than Rs 4 lakh crore and 353 MoUs. A conservative estimate has it that 22 projects granted clearance, including those under the GIM, require as much as 15 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of water from the Almatti reservoir.

But the question is how many of them will have adequate water? These industries, including those for steel, iron ore, power and sugar, are to be set up around Bagalkot.

Water experts say that the existing quantum of water available in the Almatti reservoir may not be adequate. They opine that diversion of water from irrigation can be the only way government can allot water to these industries. According to government data, the State High Level Clearance Committee has green-lighted 168 projects. This excludes the 69 projects cleared as recently as Saturday.

“The 15.5 tmcft of water is an additional requirement and the option is only to cut down the water supply to irrigation and divert it to the industries,” said Capt S Raja Rao, member, technical committee for Krishna Water Dispute, and former secretary to government, minor irrigation department. “It would be difficult to allocate such huge quantity of water from the Krishna.”

Principal secretary (commerce and industry) V P Baligar said the water resources department has been tasked with identifying the source of water to these industries. “Plans are afoot to create artificial ponds to store rainwater and harvest it for industrial use. Besides, nearby reservoirs will also be used,” he said.

Of the 22 industries in Bagalkot, 12 of them clearly indicate their source of water as Almatti dam and Krishna river; the rest mentions a nearby source. Though they have not clearly spelt out the name of the water source for many industries, the locations identified for industries indicate that the only water source available is Krishna river. Besides, there are also other industries that mention VADA (Vijayanagar Area Development Authority) as their source of water supply. “However, water for VADA could be got from either Tungabhadra or Krishna,” Capt Raja Rao said.

From TOI

Tuticorin: Rs. 30-crore water scheme work to start

Eighty per cent of expenditure to be borne by Centre

Tuticorin: Development work on a new drinking water scheme for the residents of Kayalpattinam in Tuticorin district are expected to commence shortly.

The project would be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 30 crore.

Eighty per cent of the total expenditure would be borne by the Central Government, 10 per cent by the State Government and the rest by the residents.

Speaking to The Hindu, W.S. Seyed Abdur Rahman, Chairman, Kayalpattinam Third Grade Municipality, said that this would serve the basic need of the residents.

Kayalpattinam, a religious town housing over 45,000 people, is called “ Siru Mecca” (Small Mecca) because of the large number of Muslim residents. Since the town faces the coast, there are over 750 fishermen. Kayalpattinam is also called “Kalaignarpattinam” by many of them since the majority of people prefer the DMK government.

“Though the place was accorded with a third grade municipality status, the residents still prefer an orthodox standard of living. There is no cinema theatre, police station or liquor shop in Kayalpattinam. The only source of entertainment is the beach which is usually crowded on weekends. Adequate measures have to be taken to augment facilities here.

Demands

Underground drainage work should also be implemented here. Representations were made to ensure the extension of transport facilities to Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore from here,” Mr. Rahman added.

From THE HINDU

Cooum project: Singapore team coming today

The team to present proposals to prepare master plan

CHENNAI: A team from Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) will be in Chennai on Tuesday to present proposals to the State Government to prepare a conceptual master plan for Cooum sub-basin restoration and management.

TO BE RESTORED: The project seeks to make banks of the Cooum garbage-free. — Photo: R. Ragu.

The government recently signed a memorandum of understanding with SCE to promote co-operation and collaboration in beautification of the Cooum river.

A high-level committee meeting, chaired by Deputy Chief Minister M. K. Stalin, was held in the city on Monday to review the progress of the project.

Sources said the Chennai River Restoration Trust (CRRT) has requested the Chennai Corporation to conduct a one-time mass cleaning programme along the banks of Cooum and place adequate number of bins facing the road to prevent people from dumping garbage.

A source in CRRT said “We have studied locations including Koyambedu, Naduvankarai, Aminjikarai, Anna Nagar, Chetpet, Spurtank Road and Pudupet. People living along the banks need to be encouraged to use the bins,” he said.

The Trust has circulated a questionnaire among various local bodies along the Cooum for details about solid waste management facilities. “We are trying to identify the gaps and provide technical assistance and arrange funds for projects,” the source said.

As regards sewage outfalls into the river, in the last few months seven have been plugged by the Chennai Metrowater. The water agency had been asked to plug 113 outfalls in the Cooum river, and Virugambakkam and Trustpuram canals.

“The agency will need two years for implementing this. These are outfalls on which action can be taken immediately. Other outfalls are being validated and will soon join the list,” the source added.

The Revenue Department was also asked to expedite resettlement process of the auto market in Pudupet to the newly identified locations at Appur and Perumalthangal near Singaperumal Koil.

Of the nearly-14,500 persons living along the Cooum river, from its mouth to Padi Kuppam identified for rehabilitation, about 920 of them have been resettled, the sources said.

K. Lakshmi and Deepa H Ramakrishnan From THE HINDU

Dindigul: Gandhigram Trust plans special watershed project

DINDIGUL: A special watershed development project will be implemented by the Gandhigram Trust at Thottanuthu village an estimated cost of Rs.62.56 lakh with community participation. The trust will act as facilitator and only villagers will implement the entire project, in three years.

Under the project, the trust will take up soil and water conservation activities on 1,018 hectares. Other components of the project include soil and water conservation measures in rain-fed areas and community development intervention such as training and demonstration, livelihood support for landless people and rural women in 12 habitations at this village.

Village Watershed Committees will be formed for executing all works. Field bund, field bund outlet, 14 farm ponds, farm pond outlet, farm pond silt trap trench, water absorption trench, agro-forestry, agro-horticulture, pasture development, grass seeding, sunken pond, check weir, loose boulder structures and percolation pond will be created in these habitations.

Income generation activities will be intensified by roping in landless and rural women as part of livelihood support, some prime components of the project. Mushroom cultivation, rearing of country chicken and stall-fed goat and animal feed production will be some of the income generation activities.

Trust Associate secretary K. Shivakumar said that the community would contribute 16 per cent of the total project cost for watershed activities. It will enhance involvement of local watershed community. Separate planning would be done for each and every field according to the needs of farmers in every watershed. The Village Watershed Committee would prepare an action plan for three years and submit it to the Joint Director of Agriculture. The funds will directly go to the water shed Committee for implementation, he added.

“District Watershed Development Agency will monitor the project activities regularly.” Moreover, the funds could not be drawn without the approval of the nine-member village water shed committee, comprising a chairman, vice-chairman and secretary as office-bearers and other members. Members should be chosen from the water shed area only. Besides, 30 per cent of the members would be women.

“We will adopt the approach of ‘ridge to valley’ in executing the project. To begin with, treatment of land in upper reaches will be taken up before taking up development works at lower reaches. Simple and low cost conservation measures will also be adopted in the watershed to enable the community to emulate easily and execute it in other areas, if necessary,”

From THE HINDU

Tiruchi: Water project reviewed

TIRUCHI: Corporation Commissioner, T.T. Balsamy, reviewed the progress of the implementation of the Rs.169 crore drinking water supply augmentation scheme for the city on Friday.

Apart from engineers of the corporation, the consultants of the project and representatives of the project contractor also participated in the review meeting.

The meeting also reviewed the progress of the construction of the 35 overhead water tanks in the city under the project.

Mr. Balsamy instructed the officials to complete the project works within the stipulated time frame.

City Engineer, S. Raja Mohamed, Executive Engineers, R.Chandran and S.Arunachalam and WAPCOS representatives M.P. Gopinath, P. Subburaj and R. Nagendran participated in the meeting.

From THE HINDU

Water.org: Meet Honduran safe water beneficiaries

Maria Vazquez
Maria lives with her husband in their simple home in the community of Guatincara. Before the safe water project, Maria hauled water for years from an unprotected water source. In recent years she was able to obtain some basic tubing and bring water to her home from a different unprotected source. Since Water.org and its local partner, COCEPRADIL, completed the project in her community, Maria has safe, clean water in her house for the first time. She also no longer uses the forest as her toilet. Maria and her husband also have their very own latrine for the first time in their lives.

Santo Luis Ramos Vazquez (25 year old son of Maria Vazquez)
Santo Luis recently moved out of his parent’s house into his own house. He is working to prepare his home for when he gets married. A big part of preparing his house has been working to complete the water project in his community to bring clean water directly to his home. He has also been working on a latrine.

Santo Luis was very involved in the construction of the new water system and household latrines. Guatincara’s new water system is a gravity flow water system that brings water from a mountain spring to houses in the community. The water system includes over nine miles of pipe, all laid and buried by hand by the community. Santo was very involved in this construction. He served as a coordinator of the community labor, overseeing 30 men from the community as they worked together to construct the system.

From Water.org