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"18th channel project will be over by March next"

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ASSESSING IMPLEMENTATION: P. Selvendran (third from right), Special Representative of Tamil Nadu in Delhi, inspecting work on the 18th channel project near Cumbum in Theni district on Monday. The Collector, Rajesh Lakhoni (extreme left), looks on.
ASSESSING IMPLEMENTATION: P. Selvendran (third from right), Special Representative of Tamil Nadu in Delhi, inspecting work on the 18th channel project near Cumbum in Theni district on Monday. The Collector, Rajesh Lakhoni (extreme left), looks on.

Staff Reporter

1,475 acres of land will be irrigated, says Special Representative

Theni: The much-awaited 40.25 km-long 18th channel project, beneficial to many villages between Goodalur and Thevaram in the district would be completed by March next.

A total of 1,475 acres of agriculture land, including 182.6 acres of barren land, would be irrigated. Water for irrigation would be ensured for 90 acres of land through construction of four irrigation tanks, said P. Selvendran, Special Representative of Tamil Nadu in Delhi.

He was addressing a consultative meeting for the 18th channel project held at the Collectorate here Monday.

The Government had sanctioned Rs.28.60 crores as per the revised estimate for the project and Rs.12.75 crores had been spent.

The channel would connect a dam across the Vairavanar river and the Suddha Ganga stream covering Goodalur, Cumbum, Utthamapuram, Pudhupatti and Kombai, he said.

The scheme would be implemented in three phases. In the first phase, work on digging 6.32 km out of a total 12.30 km-long channel was over. Development works had been expedited in 570-metre stretch. Similarly, 14 out of 28 total construction works had been competed.

Meanwhile, effort was on to obtain permission from the Forest Department to acquiesce in 800-metre-stretch of land under its control to finish the first phase of the project. In the second phase, 10-km stretch out of total 14.15 km long canal work was completed.

Acquisition of land for construction of new irrigation tanks in Melagoodalur and Uthampuram was under progress.

Digging work near-complete

Almost 95 per cent of the canal digging work was over in the third phase of the scheme. Farmers and landowners should extend full cooperation with Public Works Department officials for the speedy implementation of the project, he said.

Earlier, the total length of the canal was 38.95 km and extended up to 40.25 km under the revised project. The Collector, Rajesh Lakhoni, presided over the meet.

The Periyar-Vaigai basin Superintending Engineer, Sakthivel, the Executive Engineer, Muniandi, and others took part.

Earlier, the Special Representative along with the Collector inspected the work.

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