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INSPECTION: Members of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Petitions’ Committee at Nainarkulam in Tirunelveli on Wednesday.
INSPECTION: Members of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Petitions’ Committee at Nainarkulam in Tirunelveli on Wednesday.

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Getting funds for the proposed project will not be a problem, says petitions’ panel Chairman

TIRUNELVELI: Desilting of Arasapaththu channel under the Gadana dam will be completed within four months on an outlay of Rs. 5.35 crore, Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Petitions’ Committee R. Chakrapaani has said.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday after holding a meeting to review the action taken on the petitions received by the committee, Mr. Chakrapaani said the estimate for desilting the 7 km-long channel, covering Keezhaambur, Melaambur and part of Vickramasingapuram municipality, was ready with the officials.

Since desilting would be taken up under National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, getting funds for the proposed project would not be a problem.

For the desilting of Gundar Dam, the smallest reservoir in the district, an estimate for Rs. 80 lakh had been sent to the NABARD and the work would commence, once the bank cleared the proposal.

Construction of Hanuman River Bridge at Vadakarai would be completed in six months after getting Rs.8 lakh from the Collector’s discretionary funds. Drinking water scheme for Vairaavikulam would be completed in March 2008 and construction of a health sub-centre at Mela Devanallur near Kalakkad commenced after a proper land was identified.

Mofussil buses

“The final decision on operating the mofussil buses through Tirunelveli Junction Bus Stand will be taken-up after the Collector convening a meeting with all officials and public representatives concerned within next 10 days,” Mr. Chakrapaani said.

After scrutinising the 316 petitions received from the public with various pleas, 203 were forwarded to the officials for action and 42 taken up for today’s meeting along with 17 pending petitions. Hence, the fate of 59 petitions were decided in the review meeting, attended by the MLAs, N. Maalairaja, S. Pushparaj, K. Murugavel, K. Anbazhagan, C. Damodharan, R. Vaithilingam, S. Rajkumar, A. Thamizharasu and T. Ramasamy, all members of the committee.

Earlier, the committee visited the ‘Samaththuvapuram’ at Seethaparpanallur, Rani Anna Government College for Women and Nainarkulam and garlanded the statue of V.O. Chidambaram.

The Collector, G. Prakash, and the Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, F. Abdul Razick, were present.

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