The rehabilitation of Ramanathapuram Big Tank, taken up after a gap of nearly five decades, has gained momentum with the construction of falling shutter.

Started in October 2010, the work, with an allocation of Rs. 9.63 crore, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012. Public Works Department officials claimed that about 65 per cent of works had been completed.

Reconstruction of falling shutter for a length of 115 metres, reconstruction of southern regulator, strengthening the flood banks of the Vaigai, desilting of supply channel of Ramanathapuram big tank, desilting of Thoruvalur supply channel, reconstruction of five sluices, strengthening of main bund, protection arrangement, reconstruction of southern regulator, repairs to foot bridge, reconstruction of under tunnel, strengthening of parallel bund and fore shore bund were part of the works.

Of them, according to PL. Valliappan, Executive Engineer, Water Resources Organisation, the reconstruction of falling shutter, which is the major work of the project, has been completed. As many as 18 shutters, which were in bad condition, have been replaced with new ones. Similarly, the works related to the cover vent have come to an end. Mr. Valliappan told ‘The Hindu' on Tuesday that as against the two-year period for completion, all works would be completed well in advance.