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Plan to divert surplus floodwaters from Tiruchi to Pudukottai river

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SAVE EVERY DROP: D. Emerson, right, Principal Chief Engineer, PWD, Tiruchi, inspecting the model of a rainwater harvesting structure in Pudukottai on Friday.
SAVE EVERY DROP: D. Emerson, right, Principal Chief Engineer, PWD, Tiruchi, inspecting the model of a rainwater harvesting structure in Pudukottai on Friday.

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Feasibility study now under way, says PWD engineer

PUDUKOTTAI: The Planning and Designs wing of the Public Works Department is preparing a feasibility study on diversion of surplus floodwaters from Tiruchi district to Pudukottai district.

The report, to be completed in three months, will be sent to the government for approval and execution, D. Emerson, Principal Chief Engineer, Planning and Designs, PWD, Tiruchi, said.

Addressing a seminar on `Water resource data users' organised under the World Bank-aided Hydrology Project (Phase II) of the Water Resources Organisation of PWD here on Friday, Mr. Emerson said that the plan was to divert excess floodwaters from the Ariyar and Koraiyar rivers in Tiruchi district to the Agniyar river in Pudukottai district.

During the 2005-floods, it was estimated that about 20,000 cusecs of water were discharged from these rivers.

The study was aimed at both prevention of damage caused by the floods in Tiruchi and also for checking wasteful discharge into the sea.

Eight new anicuts

Mr. Emerson said that a proposal was sent to the State Government for the construction of eight new anicuts at Mudiyanar, Mela Vasanthanaru, Embal, Meenavaeli, Pilluvalasai, among other places. The old anicuts at Ayya Juvalai Kaatuvadi, Kathalur, Mullaiyur, Kakkakudi and Nallamngalam would be strengthened.

P. Rajeswari, Executive Engineer, Hydrology Division, Tiruchi, said a full-fledged network for collection, storage and dissemination of data on surface and ground water had been ensured in the first phase. These data would help ascertain flood forecast, irrigational requirement, cropping pattern, and variation in quality of water from time to time.

In the second phase, an integrated water resource management system would be set up in the Agniar basin in Pudukottai district. Modern equipment would be utilised for the exercise.

PWD engineers, irrigation and agricultural scientists, industrialists and representatives of farmers and non-governmental organisations were present.

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