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SURVEY: The Minister for Housing, S. Thangavelan, visiting a rain-affected area near Irattaioorani on Tuesday.
SURVEY: The Minister for Housing, S. Thangavelan, visiting a rain-affected area near Irattaioorani on Tuesday.

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Explores possibilities of constructing checkdams in Mandapam union

RAMANATHAPURAM: The Minister for Housing, S. Thangavelan, has directed agricultural and water resource organisation of the Public Works Department to explore the possibilities of constructing checkdams in Mandapam union to prevent water from going into sea.

He was speaking to reporters on Tuesday after assessing flood damage in various parts of the district.

Mr. Thangavelan said the unprecedented rain had caused extensive damage to the standing paddy crops and some infrastructure in Mandapam union.

"If there was no rain in the next three to four days, crops could be saved. Hence, officials were asked to begin the assessment after a week."

A huge quantity of rainwater had gone to sea during the last one month, as there was no infrastructure to save it. Many farmers had demanded that some steps should be taken to prevent it. As per an oral assessment, it was possible to construct at least three checkdams at various locations of the union, the Minister said.

Mr. Thangavelan said a bridge would be constructed on the NH 49 at Pirappanvalasi to avoid flood during rainy reason. Similarly, another road bridge would be constructed at Paramakudi five-point junction to ease the congestion.

He said the previous Government only completed the process of awarding tender for the underground drainage scheme for Ramanathapuram municipality, But, it had not allotted funds.

This matter had been taken to the notice of the Local Administration Minister, M.K. Stalin, he said.

"It might take four months to start the project."

A meeting would be convened here soon to discuss various ways and means to develop Ramanathapuram town on a par with some good towns. People from all walks of life would be invited for the meeting.

Earlier, the Minister visited Karan, Kumbaram, Sethu Nagar, Koravalli, Raghunathapuram, Thamaraikulam and several streets of the Ramanathapuram, where the people were affected by heavy rain.

He was accompanied by K.S. Muthuswaamy, Collector, K. Hassan Ali, MLA, Ravichandran Ramavanni, Chairman, District Panchayat, and others accompanied him.

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