Minister for Water Resources P.J. Joseph has said that construction of bunds and protective barriers will be given importance under the irrigation component of Kuttanad Package.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, the Minister said that works totalling Rs.68 crore had been tendered. Technical sanction would be given shortly for works costing Rs.379 crore. An amount of Rs.248 crore would be spent for reviving the drainage system at Onattukara, he said.

Mr. Joseph said the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) had completed 25 projects under the 100 days action plan, mostly in Kasaragod, Idukki, Malappuram, and Thiruvananthapuram districts. The inauguration of water supply scheme for Kannur town would be inaugurated on October 1. The schemes for Pattuvam and Cherthala schemes would be commissioned in December.

The old pipeline supplying water from Aruvikkara to Thiruvananthapuram would be replaced at a cost of Rs.50 crore. Raising of the water level of the Peppara reservoir supplying water to the capital city by six metres was under active consideration of the government. Discussions were underway with the Forest Department in this regard.