Minister for Handlooms and Textiles S. Sundararaj has suggested that the Sakkarakottai kanmai (tank) near here could be desilted and converted into a reservoir to cater to the drinking water needs of this drought-prone district.
Instead of relying on the Cauvery water for drinking water needs, the district administration could explore the possibility of making the kanmai a reservoir as there would be increase in demand for drinking water in the future in the backdrop of various developmental activities, he said.
The Minister, hailing from Paramakudi, mooted the suggestion while addressing a review meeting with the Commissioners of Ramanathapuram, Paramakudi, Kilakarai and Rameswaram municipalities in the presence of Collector K.Nanthakumar at the Collectorate here on Thursday.
The Minister, expressing concern over letting out of sewage into the Vaigai river in Paramakudi, said that a retaining wall up to the sewerage storage point at the grass farm would be built to keep the Vaigai clean. He said that the Paramakudi Municipality had undertaken the underground sewerage system at an estimate of Rs. 3.5 crore. The government had sanctioned Rs. 52 lakh. in the first phase of this project.
A public library would be built at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore in Paramakudi, he told The Hindu .
The Minister said that the Rameswaram Municipality had been asked to keep clean the sacred place of Agni Theertham sea shore, which was being visited by a large number of tourists and pilgrims. The Municipality should employ additional workforce to remove the clothes left behind by pilgrims after performing rites and rituals and keep the place clean, he said.
He also stressed the need for maintaining cleanliness at the Navapashanam temple in Devipattinam and Sethukarai sea shore visited by pilgrims and local people for offering worship and performing rituals to pay obeisance to the their forefathers.
As part of decongesting the four car streets around the Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram, a retaining wall would be built at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore along the coast from Tamil Nadu Hotel to the boat yard, he said. The park at the sea shore would be developed at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh, the Minister added.
An official release said that administrative sanction had been granted for underground sewerage system in Rameswaram at a cost of Rs. 41.25 crore. The Minister advised the municipality to start the work immediately. Ramanathapuram Municipality had been asked to expedite the underground sewerage system.