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Talaivasal union identified for groundwater sources through satellite

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LOOKING FOR POTENTIALITY: District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam (left) looking at the satellite images displayed at the awareness programme on groundwater at Talavasal in Salem district on Thursday. Photo: K. N. Muralidharan .
LOOKING FOR POTENTIALITY: District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam (left) looking at the satellite images displayed at the awareness programme on groundwater at Talavasal in Salem district on Thursday. Photo: K. N. Muralidharan .

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Union selected to identify water resources through satellite

TALAIVASAL (Salem): Identification of groundwater sources through satellite images is expected to benefit the farmers in Talaivasal union in Salem district immensely.

Inaugurating a seminar on the "Identification of groundwater sources through satellite in Talaivasal Union" here on Thursday, the District Revenue Officer, M. Rajarathinam, pointed out that Talaivasal had been identified as one of the 14 unions out of 20 in the district that exploited the groundwater potential to the maximum. Hence, recharging the same had become necessary, he said and added that satellite images, which were available now, would enable the farmers and administration to achieve this.

Barring 13 villages in the union the rest had been facing acute water shortage. The rainwater harvesting units such as check dams, percolation ponds etc should be given priority. The sites for erecting these structures also should be carefully selected so that the users could benefit the utility fully.

The Chief Engineer and Director of the Institute for Water Studies, Chennai, K. J. Kandasamy, while explaining the objective of the seminar to the participants said that Talaivasal was one among the worst unions that had almost exploited the groundwater level. The study, he said, highlighted various issues concerning with bore-wells, rechargeable resources and land development and crop pattern. It also suggested the formation of 17 new percolation ponds, 69 small check dams and three tanks to enhance the groundwater in Talaivasal union.

Those who spoke included Talaivasal MLA, K. Chinnadurai, Chief Engineer (PWD) P. Mahalingam, PO, DRDA, D. Jegannathan, SE Institute for Water Studies R. Thangaiah, Nabard Assistant GM P. Manimeghalai, and Institute's Deputy Director, K. Selvarajan.

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