`It will help boost groundwater level'
NAMAKKAL: The district administration will give more thrust for water conservation measures, including rainwater harvesting, to augment the groundwater level, Collector G. Sundaramurthi has said.
Inspecting various development works of the Agriculture engineering department in the district on Monday, the Collector said that check dams, percolation and farm ponds were being constructed to harvest the rainwater and utilise it for irrigation. The department carried out a total of 128 works in the current financial year at a cost of Rs. 71.9 lakh. These works would help improve the groundwater level and prevent soil erosion.
He inspected a percolation pond constructed at a cost of Rs. 3 lakh on 2.16-acre land at Puthukottai village, four check dams at Parali and farm ponds at Keerambur.
Mr. Sundaramurthi also inspected the removal of silt and wild weeds at the Kamalalayam tank located near the historical Namakkal Fort and the Aanjaneyar Temple.
The department was giving a facelift to the tank at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh. It would carry out the restoration of the damaged `Mandapam' in the tank, installation of a fence and construction of steps.
The Collector also reviewed the progress of land improvement works carried out under the two-acre free land scheme. He said levelling, tilling and removal of shrubs were carried out on 236.67 acres of patta lands in the district so far. He said that the department provided subsidy to 857 farmers to purchase electric motors. Farmers could approach the department to get subsidy for purchasing farm implements, he added. Executive Engineer, Agriculture Engineering, S. Arivazhagan and senior officials accompanied the Collector during the inspection.