Staff Reporter

All bottlenecks hindering the project removed

Over 457 acres of land at Thethupatti and Sirangadu will be irrigated

Compensation to farmers to be given on the basis of revised guideline value

DINDIGUL: The much-awaited Nayodai dam project will become operational within six months as the district administration removed all bottlenecks, including land acquisition for laying irrigation channels, to complete the project.

Over 457 acres of land at Thethupatti and Sirangadu villages near Kannivadi hill will be irrigated.

Even as the dam was constructed in 2003, farmers could not use it because of the delay in channel work. A total of 13 acres under the control of 126 farmers were required to lay one main channel and four sub-channels covering the authorised ayacut in these two villages.

Already, 120 farmers had consented to offer their lands for channel laying work. Only six farmers were reluctant.

After prolonged negotiations by the Collector, R. Vasuki, farmers have given their consent to offer their land. While some farmers demanded protection of irrigation well near the channel way, others wanted the administration to provide path to their fields.

Having obtained their consent, the acquisition process would commence immediately, said Ms. Vasuki, who visited the site along with Revenue and Public Works Department officials here on Wednesday and interacted with farmers.

Land acquisition

Construction of channels would begin after acquisition of required land within 15 days, she added.

A sum of Rs.40 lakh had been allocated for disbursal of compensation to farmers who offered their land for construction of the dam and Rs.12.14 lakh to farmers giving land for channel work. The compensation amount would be given to them on the basis of revised guideline value.

Officials have been directed to disburse the compensation amount quickly, she added.

“All efforts will be taken to complete the pending work and supply water for irrigation within the stipulated time.”

Ms. Vasuki also advised the PWD officials to check the inflow, if any, into the dam and also find the possibility of deepening the dam to increase the storage capacity.

The dam was constructed in 75 acres at a total cost of Rs.7.20 crore.

A 4,750-metre-long main canal and four sub-channels stretching to a distance of 4,785 metres were to be completed.