KARUR: Desilting and clearing of accumulated sludge along the course of the Irattai Vaikkal that meanders through Karur town has picked up pace much to pleasant surprise of the public.
It has been more than two decades since the Irattai Vaikkal has conveyed clear water through its course. Continuous and mindless dumping of civic waste including plastics and all other sort of harmful non-degradable things have reduced the Vaikkal that was once a source of irrigation to hundreds of acres of fertile fields adjoining Karur town into a sewerage channel.
Even after that the degradation continued much to chagrin of environmentalists and agriculturalists trying to locate some Good Samaritan to save the channel from a definite decimation. Politicians of all hues, understanding the psyche of the townsmen, made promises on the eve of the elections that they would clean up the mess of Irattai Vaikkal, if elected. Though not exactly believing in their words the public however expected the elected representatives to clear the eyesore in the bustling industrial town.
Until a few years back that never really happened. When he was the Karur MP, K.C. Palanisamy took concrete efforts to desilt and rehabilitate Irattai Vaikkal under a Central Government sponsored scheme at an estimated cost of around Rs. 3.5 crore.
The Irattai Vaikkal runs through Karur town for a distance of about four km of which around two km length from Chinnandankoil to Light House area has been cleared of debris and silt and sports a refreshing look. Once the accumulated sewage has been removed, the channel bed exhibits deep and wide dimensions.
The balance around two km length needs to be desilted. Public and councillors pointed out that the channel was remaining a source of communicable diseases and health hazard courtesy the accumulating civic waste.
Again a section of the councillors pleaded with Mr. Palanisamy to use his good offices and he stepped in with his personal contribution said to be in the region of around Rs. 45 lakh by deploying excavators and tippers to desilt and remove the sludge to extend a helping hand in cleaning up the Vaikkal quickly.
Current MP M. Thambi Durai too has evinced interest in the workand has infused some life into the desilting works besides promising to do his bit in hastening the cleaning process.