To enable discharge of 4.5 lakh cusecs of surplus water into sea

A study is underway for flood management along the right bank of Coleroon River in the Cauvery sub division, Sirkazhi.

The objective of the flood management programme was to enable maximum discharge of 4.5 lakh cusecs of surplus water from the Cauvery safely into the sea during the monsoon, according to M. Bakthavathsalam, Executive Engineer, PWD, Cauvery River Basin (East), Mayiladuthurai.

The right embankment will have to be raised and strengthened with pile and revetment, and retaining walls at vulnerable places. Water bound macadam road is necessary for vehicle movement and flood patrolling during rainy season. The study also advocates rehabilitation of existing masonry structures and inlets, he said.

Themes

Mr.Bakthavatsalam was speaking on the theme: Engineering Preparedness for Disaster Mitigation,' at the 43 {+r} {+d} Engineer's Day celebration organised here recently by the Institution of Engineers (India), Tiruchi Local Centre, in commemoration of 149 {+t} {+h} birthday of Bharat Ratna Sir M.Visvesvaraya.

Detailing the various stages of strengthening of the Grand Anicut since 19 {+t} {+h} century, Mr. Bakthavathsalam said sand blasting and grouting improvements to Grand Anicut were undertaken during 2007-10.

The work had to be undertaken after the damaged cement structures and stone barriers were rectified within a year of the November 2005 floods on a war footing.

Through a power-point presentation, he explained the topography and contours of the Cauvery delta in Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts, and described how the PWD carried out repairs and blocked breaches with new disaster management methods.

14 countries

J.Sankaran, Chairman, Institution of Engineers (India), Tiruchi Local Centre, said conferment of full membership to IEI in Engineers Mobility Forum, a global umbrella group of engineering institutions from 14 countries: UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka, Ireland, South Korea, Singapore, and Chinese Taipei, will provide level playing field, mobility and vast recognition to Indian Engineers.

Mr.Sankaran handed over IEI's Best Engineer Award to N.Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor, Periyar Maniammai University, in the presence of the Director of National Institute of Technology S. Sundarrajan, and the past chairman of IEI's Tiruchi Local Centre S. Samidas.

Dr.Ramachandran said in his acceptance speech that the award was an encouragement to him to accelerate initiatives for uplift of rural masses.

Winners of competitions organised for Students' Chapters were also honoured with prizes. Presiding over, Dr.Sundarrajan said that engineers ought to proactively handle and mitigate man-made and natural disasters.

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