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IN FULL FLOW: The Social Welfare Minister, Vijayalakshmi Palanichamy, inspecting the Panamarathupatti lake, which is receiving copious water following the removal of encroachments, in Salem on Saturday. Photo: P. Goutham.
IN FULL FLOW: The Social Welfare Minister, Vijayalakshmi Palanichamy, inspecting the Panamarathupatti lake, which is receiving copious water following the removal of encroachments, in Salem on Saturday. Photo: P. Goutham.

Staff Reporter

Farmers suggest concrete lining for bund to control soil erosion

SALEM: The Social Welfare Minister, Vijayalakshmi Palanichamy inspected improvement activities taken up by the Salem Corporation at the Panamarathupatti Lake near here on Saturday.

Corporation officials told the Minister that after a gap of 23 years, the lake, which has a waterspread area of 2,139 acres, had witnessed heavy inflow in the recent rain.

Removal of encroachments

Removal of encroachments on the lakebed and water carrying channels had helped harness rainwater effectively.

The water level of the lake had touched 24.75 ft. on Saturday. The full capacity of the lake was 27 ft.

Sandbags

The Corporation had stacked sandbags on the inside of the bund to strengthen it.

However, farmers in the area suggested that the bund should be given concrete lining to control erosion.

Using old lines

Ms. Vijayalakshmi also discussed the possibility of utilising lake water to satisfy the drinking water needs of the city.

Officials informed the minister that the Corporation was studying the feasibility of utilising the old pipelines, which were laid years ago to supply water to the Salem town by the then municipal administration, once again for water supply.

The Minister instructed the officials to examine the tourism potential of the lake.

The Salem Corporation Mayor, R. Sureshkumar, Corporation Commissioner, T.T. Balsamy and other officials accompanied the Minister.

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