Water released from Kelavarappalli dam for the first time in three decades8,000 acres of rainfed land brought under cultivation
Hosur: The parched lands of the highly industrialised Hosur block in Krishnagiri district will soon transform into green and fertile fields. About 8,000 acres of rainfed land have been brought under regular cultivation following release of water from the Kelavarappalli dam for the first time in three decades.
The Public Works Department (PWD) built the dam across the Thenpennaiar River at a cost of Rs.30 crore to provide six million galloons of drinking water a day to Hosur municipality, SIPCOT Phase I and II and 17 wayside villages in Hosur taluk besides meeting the irrigation needs of 8,000 acres of rainfed land in nearby villages.
"The construction, which commenced in 1977, was completed in 1995 after undergoing several legal wrangles. However, water could not be stored in the dam as the land required for the water spread area was under litigation. Subsequently, with the case turning out to be in favour of the State Government water was stored in the dam," according to sources in the PWD.
Accordingly, water was stored in the dam to a height of 42 feet against the full capacity of 44 feet. The channels of the dam were repaired at Rs. 2 crore. Water was released from the dam for irrigation on November 3. About 2,082 acres of rainfed land under the right main canal and 5,918 acres under the left main canal would be irrigated through the release, they added. Originally, water was supplied from the dam to meet the drinking water needs of Hosur residents in 1998.
The town faces the perpetual problem of water shortage during every summer. Following complaints about the poor quality of water supplied, the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board joined hands with TVS group of companies and established a treatment plant, say sources. Water was treated through modern equipments and supplied to 24 wards in the Hosur municipality.