Tamil Nadu

People’s help needed to manage water resources, says Collector

From left, Cheyyar MLA Dusi K. Mohan and Minister Sevvoor S. Ramachandran handing over cheques for the Water Bank Project to Collector K.S. Kandasamy.   | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The Tiruvannamalai administration has been doing its utmost to rejuvenate as many waterbodies as possible before the onset of monsoon, Disctrict Collector K.S. Kandasamy said at the launch of the Water Bank project held at Arni on Monday.

He added that the people’s participation is key to the success of any scheme implemented by the government. Rainwater harvesting and improving the storage of waterbodies would be the major elements, he said.

To this end, Water Bank has been launched to collect funds to cover costs of rejuvenation work instituted around the district. Leading the charge, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister Sevvoor S. Ramachandran donated ₹2 lakh at the event held at Arni and AIADMK MLA Dusi K. Mohan contributed ₹1 lakh for his part.

The project would be headed by the District Collector and was a component of the Union government’s Jal Shakti Abhiyan. Mr. Kandasamy appealed to people from all walks of life to participate in the mission to conserve and rejuvenate water resources as a sustainable asset for generations to come.

Donations would be also be collected from elected representatives and business houses. The contributions would be utilised to rejuvenate waterbodies that required urgent care. This was in addition to government schemes which were already being implemented in the district, Mr. Kandasamy said. He added that 32 tanks and five reservoirs would be taken up for rejuvenation at a cost of ₹16.07 crore this year.

These measures would help agricultural activities in 12,213 acres of land in the district, he said. About ₹499.99 crore has been allocated for the district to carry out rennovation of minor irrigation tanks, ponds and ooranies (drinking water ponds) maintained by the Rural Development Department.

In the first phase, 321 minor irrigation tanks, 1094 ooranies would be renovated at a cost of ₹26.99 crore, Mr. Kandasamy added.


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