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Vaigai water released to Mariamman ‘teppakulam’

Minister for Cooperation Sellur K. Raju releasing Vaigai water to Mariamman ‘teppakulam’ in Madurai on Saturday.

Minister for Cooperation Sellur K. Raju releasing Vaigai water to Mariamman ‘teppakulam’ in Madurai on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: ma11Sellur_Raju

Through Panaiyur channel for first time in 40 years

The storage in Mariamman ‘teppakulam’ is expected to augment as water from the Vaigai river has been diverted to it through the Panaiyur channel. Minister for Cooperation Sellur K. Raju who released water here on Saturday said that for 40 years, this feat was impossible.

“Over the course of 40 years, the Vaigai riverbed height fell while Panaiyur tank height remained static, making it difficult for water to flow into the channel,” he said at the function from under the Albert Victor bridge.

To ensure that the water flows into the channel, the Minister said that two reinforced cement concrete pipes with a diametre of 1.05 metre were laid to cross the river bund road to ensure uninterrupted supply to the tank, the Minister said.

“Vaigai water usually flows from Albert Victor bridge to Panaiyur tank for a stretch of 5,900 metre. Teppakulam is located around 2,800 metre from the bridge. Henceforth, water will be routed through this area,” he said. Until early this year, water was pumped into Mariamman ‘teppakulam’ which is 1,000-feet-long and 950-feet wide from the Vaigai river to avoid flow of sewage into the temple tank.

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