Madurai

New initiative to augment water storage

Needs at least 50 persons from a village to offer manual labour

With residents chipping in with manual labour, a new initiative by the district administration, titled ‘Oorukku 100 kai’, promises to help desilt various water bodies including kanmois, canals and lakes to augment water storage.

The initiative was earlier announced by Collector Sandeep Nanduri during a farmers’ grievance redressal meeting held last week.

Residents, at least 50 of them, should express their interest to the Block Development Office, Assistant Director (Panchayats), District Rural Development Agency Office or at the Collectorate for taking part in the scheme. Following this, once the village is chosen, they should offer their manual labour for setting up a rainwater harvesting system at all houses, tree plantation, sewage treatment, doing away with plastics, and other activities as required.

The district administration, on its end, would involve the officials in the work along with the residents, mobilise funds through corporate social responsibility or through other means for the work. Required technical help would also be offered.

The work would be conducted on Saturdays or Sundays after choosing a village in each of the blocks in the district.

If there are no water bodies in the village, residents may choose a water body in any neighbouring area. The soil that is being taken from the bed should only be used for strengthening the bund, and the rules under the Department of Geology and Mining would be applicable to such activities.

Individuals, organisations and government officials who perform well would be felicitated with a certificate of appreciation during the Independence Day celebration, said a press release.

Further announcement is expected to be made on Monday by the Collector during the grievance redressal meeting, said an official.

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