New ones were dug at 20 places
Rs. 13.80 lakh for the implementation of Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam
Encroachments on 2.63 acres removed
ERODE: The district will have as many as 73 ponds, some of them new and others renovated. This has been made possible through the implementation of the Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam (AGAMT).
Implemented at a cost of Rs. 13.80 lakh, the scheme covers 69 villages in the 20 blocks of the district in the current financial year.
In these villages, 2,453 works under 10 heads have been taken up.
AGAMT, as envisioned by the State Government, provides as much as Rs. 20 lakh a village panchayat for 20 panchayats a year for five years, starting from the poorest 20 panchayats.
Sources in the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Erode, which is the implementation agency, say the Government has chosen to do so because earlier allocation to panchayats were inadequate and did not bring out the intended the results.
In the current year, apart from the 73 ponds mentioned above, 327 concrete roads, 1,461 tube lights, 110 cremation sheds, 69 sports centres, 42 libraries, 2 shanties, 13 fisheries ponds, 239 water supply schemes and 117 others works have been taken up.
New ponds were dug at 20 places and at 53 places improvements were carried out, including desilting of inlet and outlet channels.
Under the library component of AGAMT, at 18 places new buildings have been constructed, and at 38 places repairs have been carried out.
For many of these libraries, subscriptions for newspapers and magazines have also been collected. Sources say the subscription is to the tune of Rs. 9.96 lakh.
Similarly for burial grounds, encroachments in 2.63 acres of burial ground lands have been removed.
Pathways have been made and water supply, lighting, cremation sheds, compound wall in the front and fencing in the rear have also been provided.
As part of the work, physically challenged persons were identified in the panchayats. Sources say in the eight camps that were conducted, over 650 physically challenged persons were found without cards.
Of them, 268 people were given identification cards.