Pollachi: Rural Industries and Animal Husbandry Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy and District Collector P. Umanath on Wednesday inspected the contour canal near Monkey falls where a major breach was plugged recently. Following a heavy downpour on November 7, a huge boulder had rolled onto the canal diverting the flow of water which led to a huge breach in the canal, near Aliyar Temple of Consciousness. The authorities managed to plug the breach in just 16 days, despite the hostile terrain.
The flash floods had ravaged a coconut farm and brought a lot of sand into the Aliyar feeder canal.
Commissioner of Revenue Administration N. Sundaradevan had visited the breach site and asked the PWD to commence the restoration works immediately. District Collector P. Umanath had released a contingency fund of Rs. 10 lakh to begin the preliminary works. The Government had allocated Rs 1.20 crore for the restoration works. Water Resource Organisation had carried out the works. The authorities had also removed from the canal the sand and other objects brought in by the flash floods. Water flow had been restored.
The normal carrying capacity of the contour canal is 1,150 cusecs, however, as a precautionary measure, the authorities released only 550 cusecs to monitor the flow. The canal, which carries water from from Sircarpathy to Thirumurthy, is important for the irrigation needs of Coimbatore, Tirupur and Erode districts as 4 lakh acres of land under the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project in these districts is irrigated by water from Thirumurthy Dam.
The Minister was accompanied by PWD officials, Sub-Divisional Officer S. Kulandaisamy and Executive Engineer Seenivasagam.