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‘Clear Pappan Canal of encroachments’

A view of the Papan canal is linked to the Adyar river through water channels in Varadharajapuram and on the Outer Ring Road. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy  

The residents of Mudichur and Varadharajapuram, have appealed to the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Revenue Department, to initiate steps to remove encroachments, on the Pappan Canal, an important feeder channel of the Adyar river.

The canal is linked to Adyar river through water channels on Varadharajapuram and Outer Ring Road.

On one side of Manimangalam Road, Mudichur, the stretch connecting to Sriperumbudur, the PWD removed the encroachments, and increased the capacity of the canal up to 300 feet in length, and up to 200 feet in breadth, till Varadharajapuram, in December.

“In December last, on the left side, the encroachments to be cleared were marked by nodal officers attending to issues relating to rain damage, in the presence of the authorities of the Kancheepuram Collectorate. Yet, no action has been taken till now,” says M.R. Sai Sampath Kumar, a long-time resident of Mudichur, and a social activist.

“The encroachments should be cleared, steps should be taken to de-silt and deepen the Adyar river from Adhanur near Guduvanchery in Kancheepuram district, where the Adyar river originates. This will prevent flooding of residential localities near the canal,” he points out.

“The water canals located beneath the Karasangal bridge, on the stretch, should also be de-silted and deepened,” residents say.

“I have sent numerous reminders in this regard to the CM’s Cell, PWD, Chief, Home, and Finance Secretaries, the Government of Tamil Nadu. But, no action has been taken till date. I received a reply from the CM’s Cell on July 8 stating that necessary action would be taken,” he pointed out.

“The river canals are usually dredged in June and July before the onset of the Northeast Monsoon. This year, the work has not started yet,” residents add.

Residents have urged the government to sanction adequate funds to enable the Public Works Department to take up works that would ensure December 2015 is not repeated.

When contacted, Kancheepuram Collectorate officials assured that the issue would be addressed.

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