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TAKING STOCK: PWD Minister Durai Murugan inspecting canal desilting work in a village at Kumbakonam on Friday. Photo: M. Srinath
TAKING STOCK: PWD Minister Durai Murugan inspecting canal desilting work in a village at Kumbakonam on Friday. Photo: M. Srinath

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To ensure water reaches tail-end areas for kuruvai cultivation

THANJAVUR: Work on desilting 425 rivers and canals has been taken up at a cost of Rs.10 crore in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts to ensure that water reaches the tail-end areas for kuruvai cultivation.

Minister for Public Works Durai Murugan, who made the announcement at Anaikarai near Kumbakonam on Friday, inspected the work under way on channels of the Cauvery basin division in Kumbakonam and Thirupanandal panchayat unions.

He said during the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam rule between 1996 and 2001, desilting works costing Rs. 112 crore were taken up.

Water reached the tail-end areas without any problem. But, between 2001 and 2006, no desilting works were taken up.

With the Mettur dam level at 112 feet, the government has decided to release water for kuruvai cultivation on June 12, the traditional date of release. Before it reached the Grand Anaicut very important channels would be desilted.

Cauvery issue

Referring to the Cauvery water issue, the Minister hoped that the final award of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal would be out soon. The Tribunal was formed when Mr. Karunanidhi was Chief Minister in 1990. The interim award was given during the DMK regime. I hope that the final award will also be given during the present regime," Mr. Durai Murugan said.

Union Minister S.S. Palani Manickam, State Dairy Development Minister U. Mathivanan and Thanjavur Collector C. Vijayaraj Kumar accompanied the Minister.

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