Special Correspondent

Cuddalore to get Rs. 15 crore under Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana in 2005-06

Main focus of RSVY will be on improving irrigation sourcesProvisions made for solid waste management, education

CUDDALORE: For the second successive year (2005-06), Cuddalore district will get an allocation of Rs. 15 crore under the Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana (RSVY).

Under the scheme a sum of Rs. 45 crore has been sanctioned for three years - 2004-05 to 2006-07 - for improving the irrigation system, health care, education and other infrastructure in the backward district.

The allocation is being made on an annual basis, and as was the case last year, the main focus this year will be on improving irrigation sources and increasing storage capacity of the dams for which Rs 4.02 crore has been earmarked.

Addressing a press conference here, District Collector Gagandeep Singh Bedi said last year Rs 4.40 crore was set apart for desilting irrigation canals under the purview of Public Works Department.

Mr. Bedi said for the past two years, the district administration had desilted the irrigation canals and deepened lakes and ponds. It had sourced the funds from various schemes such as the RSVY, food-for-work scheme, Sampoorna Gram Rozgar Yojana, MP's Local Area Development Funds, MLA's Constituency Development Fund and National Food-for-work programme for this.

These measures helped in rapid draining of the floodwaters, and limited the damage to crops and property.

The Rs 4.02 crore will go towards augmenting the storage capacity of dams in the Vellar watershed division, and repairing sluices and strengthening bunds in the Killidam division.

Capacity augmentation

The capacity of the following dams will be increased: Thiruvahindrapuram (Rs. 25 lakhs), Keezh Kumaramangalam (Rs. 30 lakhs), Thiruvamoor (Rs. 28 lakhs) and Theevalur (Rs. 30 lakhs).

A checkdam will be built across the Sengal Odai at Kalgunam (Rs. 20 lakhs) and Wellington reservoir will be desilted (Rs. 10 lakhs).

It had been proposed to build a checkdam across the Kazhudavetti Odai at Chidambaram (Rs. 25 lakhs), and repair the sluices on the foreshore of the Veeranam tank (Rs. 20 lakhs).

The Uppanar in Chidambaram block and the Velliyangal Odai in Kattumannankoil block will be desilted at a cost of Rs 70 lakhs.

Radhampur canal and Manavaikkal will be cleared of silt at a cost of Rs. 40 lakhs and the Paasimuthan Odial banks will be strengthened and the road widened at a cost of Rs. 20 lakhs.

DRDA Project Officer D. Jagannathan said provisions had been made for solid waste management (Rs 52.10 lakhs), education (Rs 1.93 crores) and extending the green cover (Rs 24.30 lakhs).