Kozhikode

Peruvannamoozhi dam restoration nearing completion

Addressing safety challenges: Restoration work in progress at the Peruvannamoozhi dam in Kozhikode.

Addressing safety challenges: Restoration work in progress at the Peruvannamoozhi dam in Kozhikode.   | Photo Credit: K_RAGESH

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Plan to construct another support dam for mother dam

The Irrigation Department will complete the ongoing strengthening work of the Peruvannamoozhi dam in Kozhikode district under the Union government’s Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) using World Bank aid in three months. Some drilling, underwater pointing and grouting works remain for the ₹13.13-crore undertaking, launched on the basis of a safety study conducted by the Central Water Commission that pointed out stability issues.

Smaller dams

A major portion of the allocated fund, about ₹10 crore, has already been spent for carrying out important works. The restoration works carried out in the area has also covered all the 13 saddle dams and the auxiliary mud dams constructed to confine the reservoir created by the Peruvannamoozhi dam.

“On completion of the strengthening work which was launched in 2016, there is a plan to start the construction of another support dam for the mother dam. The tendering procedures are going on to execute the same at a cost of ₹32.8 crore,” said Assistant Executive Engineer (Kuttiyadi Irrigation Project) C. Sahadevan.

With the construction of the support dam, the Department would be able to address all the major safety challenges pointed out by the Central Water Commission, he told The Hindu.

Mr. Sahadevan said the World Bank project was beneficial for the restoration and strengthening of all the major dam projects under the control of the Irrigation Department and the Kerala State Electricity Board in the State. It would help the State overcome the damage created by last year’s monsoon season, he added.

Major role

The Peruvannamoozhi reservoir, commissioned in 1973 by damming the Kuttiyadi river, is now a major source of irrigation and drinking water for Kozhikode district. The canal system of the reservoir comprises 246 km of main canal and 600 km of distributaries to meet the water requirements of the district. It comes under the medium size reservoirs and meets the water requirements of 25 grama panchayats, Kozhikode Corporation and Koyilandy municipality.

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