Thirty per cent of the Grand Anicut Canal work to be completed this year
THANJAVUR: The modernisation of Grand Anicut canal taken up at a cost of Rs. 145.73 crores is going on in full swing in Thanjavur district.
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has provided the fund under its Rural Infrastructure Development Programme.
The plan is to complete the works in three closure periods, ie., from March to June in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Thirty per cent of the work is to be completed this year. Tenders for the works to be taken up this year were finalised in February and March. Works have been started.
The works include strengthening of banks with side lining and laying of concrete slabs on the bed, modernisation of four regulators and reconstruction of 87 head sluices and 21 siphons.
Strengthening of the banks is going on at Madigai near Thanjavur, Pannavayal, Vettikadu and Peravurani. Modernisation will be done to a distance of 240 km. Side lining is done with precast slabs with a thickness of 6.5 to 7.5 cm.
Public Works Department (PWD) engineers said that improvements were to be done in Grand Anicut Main Canal, Pudupattinam Canal, Sethubavachathiram Canal, Neyvasal Thenpathi Canal, Rajamadam Canal, Grand Anicut New Main Canal, Sillathur Canal and Kalyanavodai Canal.
“So far, Rs. 22 crore work has been completed. We will continue the work till July 31 as the opening of Mettur dam for Kuruvai cultivation may be delayed due to poor storage in the dam,” engineers said.