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World Bank-aided project to modernise tanks

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Special Correspondent

Located in Upper Gundar and Therkkar sub-basin

MADURAI: A mega plan to improve tanks in the Upper Gundar and Therkkar sub-basin in the district is being chalked out under the Irrigated Agriculture Modernisation and Water Resources Management (IAMWARM) project.

At a high-level meeting of various department representatives held here on Thursday, Collector S.S. Jawahar reviewed the progress made in the plan. The objective is to improve, modernise and maintain tanks under various sub-basins in order to augment agricultural productivity in ayacut lands. “The officials have been told to provide basic data for preparing the detailed proposal. This is also aimed at making optimum utilisation of the irrigation water and develop agronomical practices,” Mr. Jawahar said.

State-level exercise

According to official sources, the World Bank-aided Rs.2,547 crore ‘IAMWARM’ project is a State-level exercise to improve sustainable productivity of water in irrigated agriculture and build a framework of effective water resources management.

For the tank modernisation plan in Madurai, officials of the Water Resources Organisation had taken up a ‘walk through’ survey to collect the field details of tanks and their present condition. During the survey, they also interacted with farmers in ayacut lands. Strengthening of tank bund and desilting of tanks/supply channel were some of the common demands of farmers.

The Therkkar river originates from the northern end of Thottapanaickanur hill ranges and its tributary flows through Usilampatti amd Tirumangalam taluks.

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