: Rivers add to the beauty of a town. Grand Anicut canal, branching out from Grand Anicut and running up to Pattukottai and Peravurani, cuts across Thanjavaur.
As it meanders by the side of the Big Temple and goes right at the centre of the town, its beautification will certainly add to the look of the town which is already attracting a large number of foreign and domestic tourists every year.
Public Works Department (PWD) has taken up the beautification of the canal at a cost of Rs.2.35 crores.
S. Asokan, Superintending Engineer, PWD,Cauvery basin, Thanjavur circle told The Hindu that to start with, pedestrian walking pathways are laid on either side of the canal from Irwin bridge on Gandhiji Road up to the bridge on Nagapattinam Road across the river for a distance of 1.6 km.
The pathway will have handrails and will be one ft higher than the existing road on the bank of the canal. Toilet facilities will also be provided at necessary places alongside the pathways. Works have already been started.
Old structures on the northern side bank of the river have been dismantled and construction of retaining walls has been taken up. Grass turfs will be created on either side of the pathway.
“When once completed the pathway will provide the most beautiful walking stretch for Tanjoreans both in the morning and evening” Mr. Asokan said.
Private participation will be taken up for maintaining the pathway after completion.
Yet another major work taken up by the PWD is the permanent flood relief work on the Kollidam river.
Left bank of the river is strengthened and made motorable from Grand Anicut to Anaikarai (Lower Anicut) near Kumbakonam. .