The Public Works Department (PWD) is undertaking extensive dredging and cleaning operation to clear the silt and debris clogging irrigations channels in Tiruvarur district. A total of 304 km waterways will be cleared of silt at a cost of Rs. 2.86 crore to ensure water reached tail end aycut and all the works are expected to be completed in a fortnight.
Detailing the scope of dredging operations at a site in Ogaiperaiyoor village, District Collector M. Mathivanan said that 93 jobs were awarded for dredging operations covering 304 km of waterways covering major irrigation and drainage channels during the current year following demands from farmers and aycutdars. Of the 93 works, 49 have been completed and works on the remaining were proceeding smoothly.
Besides dredging, renovation of 69 structures were taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.55 crore and work on nine of them had been completed. Shutter renovation works were under way on 30 spots at a cost of Rs. 1.34 crore and all work when completed would cover 94,500 acres of land in Tiruvarur district, Mr. Mathivanan said. Renovation of the Sirupuliyur Regulator across Naattaru at Pozhakudi village in Nannilam taluk was proceeding at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.33 crore while construction of a new regulator across Kandhaparichan Aaru at Jambuvanodai village in Tiruthuraipoondi taluk had been taken up at a cost of Rs. 3 crore. Under the lakes renovation scheme, dredging work were taken up at select water bodies at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh, Mr. Mathivanan said.
Ravichandran, PWD Executive Engineer, Vennar Division (Tiruvarur), and Gunasekaran (Thanjavur), Executive Engineer, Vennar Division and other officials detailed the works in progress.
Cleaning of major lakes also being taken up
Shutter renovation work under way at 90 spots