Staff Reporter

District administration takes steps to maintain water bodies

DINDIGUL: With the commencement of preliminary work for cultivation of crops at several places, the district administration has initiated steps to maintain irrigation tanks and other water bodies, following the onset of northeast monsoon.

Instructions had been issued to the Public Works Department officials to strengthen supply canals and link canals to improve storage level in irrigation tanks, said the Collector, R. Vasuki.

Many irrigation tanks in the district were bone dry now. Several tanks in Palani and Dindigul blocks were either completely dry or had poor storage. Of the total 93 tanks under the control of Nanganjiar dam irrigation division, several tanks have comfortable storage. But 46 of the 49 tanks in Palani taluk were dry and Vyapuri tank in Palani town, Big tank and Pappankulam in Ayakudi had meagre water, Ms. Vasuki said.

All the tanks in Oddanchatram block, but for Kombaiaru dam which had 40 per cent water, were dry. Similarly, storage was nil in all the eight tanks, including the big tanks in Velvarkottai and Marambadi, Periya Samudram irrigation tank in Kulathur and Uthankarai tank in Velayuthampalayam.

A total of 20 of the 24 tanks in the Dindigul block had no water. The four tanks with water were Nagasamudram (with three-fourth of total storage capacity), Pagadaikulam (with 20 per cent of water), Aranmanaikulam and Pulvettikulam in Periyakulam near Vellode (with poor storage), she said.

Preparatory work

Farmers have started preparing the fields at several villages, including Thamaraipadi, Chettinaickenpatti and Vadamadurai. Work is in full swing in even rain-fed and drought-prone areas to raise maize and fodder, capitalising the monsoon rains.