Ponnaniyar dam to be renovated with WB aid

A view of Ponnaniyar dam near Tiruchi.— PHOTO: M. SRINATH  

The scenic Ponnaniyar dam in the hilly Kadavur region of Karur district is to be renovated soon under the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) funded by the World Bank.

Set in sylvan surroundings, about 66 km from Tiruchi, the dam is nestled between Perumal Malai and Semmalai. While the dam and its catchment area are located in Karur district, the ayacut area of the dam is spread over Mugavanur panchayat and neighbouring villages in Tiruchi district. The dam has 2,100 acres, mostly dry land.

According to sources in the Ariyar Division of the Public Works Department, the dam was built in 1974. Rainwater flow from the Kadavur region is the main source of water for the dam. The catchment area is spread over 33.60 square miles. The dam stands 51 metres tall with a storage capacity of 120 million cubic feet (mcft). On Tuesday, the storage at the dam stood at 36.63 mcft.

Although minor projects to develop the dam as a picnic spot were executed previously, this is the first major renovation to be taken up in the structure, the sources said.

The rehabilitation and improvement works would be carried out at a cost of Rs. 2.50 crore sanctioned under DRIP. Various parts of the dam structure would be repaired and strengthened.

Picnickers would stand to benefit as the project involves blacktopping the approach road to the dam for 4 km from Mugavanur and providing lighting.

“Tenders for the project have been called and the bids will be opened on December 11. The project will be completed in a year’s time,” an official of the Public Works Department told The Hindu on Tuesday.

Farmers of the region have been demanding the dredging of the supplying channels. However, this would not be a component of the project.

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