Tamil Nadu

Palar enters Vellore after a decade

Water that flows beneath the bridge across the Palar connecting Chengalpattu and Mamandur provides a visual treat to the people. —Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan  

It turned out to be a sight to behold for people of Vellore as water of the Palar River entered the city after a decade.



Mayor welcomes river

A large number of residents including Mayor Karthiyayini stood on the Palar Bridge and sprinkled flowers into the water to accord a warm welcome to the river.

Some even lit camphor as a mark of respect to the Palarriver.

Water that flowed beneath the bridges across Palar river connecting Chengapattu and Mamandur served as a rare visual treat for the public

A.C. Venkatesan, a Palar activist, told The Hindu that heavy flow in Koil Malaiyaru, a tributary of the Palar that merges with the river near Pallikonda was responsible for the good flow.

No rain in catchment

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Since there is no rain in the catchment areas in the upper stretch of the river there is no water in the river in places such as Ambur and Vaniyambadi.

When asked how important it was to have flow in Palar after a long gap, Mayor Karthiyayini told The Hindu that the water table in the city will certainly benefit from the flow. Also all the corporation bore wells would have been recharged.

Drinking water needs

“It will definitely help to meet the drinking water needs of Vellore city for the next three years. At least we hope and pray that we will not face any water scarcity during the next summer season,” she said.

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