To provide drinking and irrigation water to the three grama panchayats of Attappady Hills, the water starved tribal heartland of the district, 379 water conservation projects have been started under the MGNREGS.

The water conservation projects were mainly the renovation of ponds and construction of check dams in the 46 wards of the grama panchayats of Pudur, Agali and Sholayur, said P.V. Radhakrishnan, Project Officer of Attappady Block.

In these three grama panchayats, 231 ponds were being renovated and 85 check dams constructed. A sum of Rs.2.68 crore would be spent from the drought relief scheme, he said.