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flow control measure: PWD (RC Division) Executive Engineer K. K. Palanisamy (right) inspecting work taken up along the Kudamuritti river in Tiruchi.
flow control measure: PWD (RC Division) Executive Engineer K. K. Palanisamy (right) inspecting work taken up along the Kudamuritti river in Tiruchi.

Special Correspondent

Rs. 253.71-crore flood control project under way in city

TIRUCHI: Work is under way in full swing for construction of protective structures along the Uyyakondan and Kudamuritti rivers in the city as part of the Rs. 253.71-crore flood control project.

The work that began a fortnight ago has gained momentum. Apart from strengthening the bunds of the Cauvery and Coleroon rivers in Tiruchi, Karur and Ariyalur districts, improvements to the Uyyakondan, Kudamuritti, Ariyar, Koraiyur and Aiyyar rivers have been taken up under the project with 50 different components. Work has begun on a majority of the components except for a few.

Retaining walls were being constructed along Uyyakondan river’s city stretch of Puthur to Ariyamangalam. Walls would be built along both sides of the river for a distance of about seven km.

Extensive improvement works would also be taken up on the Kudumuritti river. Apart from construction of retaining walls, sloped protective structures were to be built along the right bank of the river for a stretch of about 4.8 km at a cost of Rs.8.8 crore. Similar structures have already been constructed for 1.1 km long stretch of the bank under a previously sanctioned project.

Widening work

The Public Works Department plans to widen the Kudamuritti river on its left flank. The river’s width would be increased up to 60 metres from the present 35 metres. About 11 hectares would be acquired along the river’s course for the project. The PWD has earmarked Rs.23 crore for widening the river, including payment of compensation for land and structures that are to be acquired. Proposals for the land acquisition have been forwarded to the government.

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