The Public Works Department (PWD) will conduct a survey on the Coleroon bed for ascertaining the unauthorised sand quarrying using massive equipment. Jayashree Muralidharan, Collector, ordered the PWD officials to take up the survey immediately.
Responding to a complaint by V. Govindarajan, coordinator of the Panguni Vaikkal ayacutdars welfare association, that unauthorised sand quarries were a deterrent to the agricultural operations in the area, the Collector said that she had already received a few complaints in this regard. She specifically referred to the problem prevailing in Sengaraiyur and its surrounding belt on the Coleroon. Terming it as a ‘serious offence', the Collector directed the PWD officials to inspect the area and furnish a report immediately.
The Collector directed the PWD to seek special permission for the annual clearing of silt at the Mettu Vaical in Musiri for facilitating irrigation.
Referring to a plea by P. Ayyakannu, state general secretary of Bharathiya Kisan Sangam, the Collector advised the officials to submit a proposal as a special case.
Normally, funds for clearing the silt in a channel would be sanctioned once in three years. But, the operation of sand lorries in Musiri resulted in silting up of the channel.
The Musiri town panchayat was starved of funds for clearing the silt.