Tiruchirapalli

Planners blind to potential picnic spot

With water in full flow, Puthur weir near the Kuzhumayyi Amman Temple inTiruchi has become a popular hangout among the youth. Photo: B.Velankanni Raj

With water in full flow, Puthur weir near the Kuzhumayyi Amman Temple inTiruchi has become a popular hangout among the youth. Photo: B.Velankanni Raj   | Photo Credit: B_VELANKANNI RAJ

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Activists say developing a good park will make Puthur weir a perfect hangout

Situated amidst sylvan surroundings and cascading waters, the Puthur Weir in the city could ideally be developed as a picnic spot, feel a section of environmental activists in the city.

With the construction of an aqueduct, a unique structure to regulate the water flow across the Uyyakondan river, the site has become accessible to city residents. The aqueduct was built as part of the flood prevention project executed in by the Public Works Department in the wake of the 2005 floods. Many residents, including walkers and nature lovers, throng the verdant spot for a whiff of fresh air. The Kuzhumaiyyi Amman Temple at the originating point of the Kudamuritti river, attracts a steady stream of visitors.

Environmentalists say the site could be easily developed as a picnic spot without much investment.

“By spending a few lakhs of rupees concrete floors and tiles could be provided to create a proper water falls. Separate enclosures for men and women could be provided with handrails. As Tiruchi does not have any water falls and not many leisure destinations, the site could ideally be developed as one,” said V. Sundararaju, a former district forest officer and president, Society for Conservation of Nature.

He suggests that a park could be developed with landscaping, benches, and lighting arrangements.

Although the district administration is believed to have asked for a proposal from the Public Works Department for creating an amusement park near the Puthur Weir, nothing much has come of it so far.

Residents pointed out that the aqueduct, which runs for 360 metres, has provided the hitherto missing link between the bunds of the Koraiyar and the Uyyakondan rivers. But the poor condition of the road along the Koraiyar and Uyyakondan banks has left this new road link largely unutilised. Although the road along the bunds of the two rivers are meant for inspection vehicles of Public Works Department, it could be strengthened to provide a proper link road for light vehicles and two-wheelers between the Puthur High Road and the Tiruchi-Dindigul highway.

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