Work on dredging the Kallanai Kalvai, the Cauvery, and the Vennar channels have been taken up by the Public Works Department at an estimate of Rs.7.50 crore and the works would be completed within two weeks.
Although funds were released earlier, the work was delayed because of summer showers, said N. Subbaiyan, Collector.
Accompanied by officials, the Collector inspected various channels where the work on dredging was executed on Wednesday.
He said that special teams comprising officials of the Public Works Department, Agriculture Department, Revenue Department, and farmers’ representatives had been constituted for monitoring the effective execution of the programme.
The Collector directed the officials to complete the work before the onset of monsoon.
He said the Soorakottai Vallam tank would be dredged. Its banks would be strengthened well ahead of the onset of monsoon. Work on construction of two sluices was in progress at an estimate of Rs. 26.63 lakh at Arumulai village near Orathanadu.
The banks would be strengthened and supply channels widened after clearing the encroachments.
He said the Neeliyaru Odai at Keezhaiyur village was dredged for 3.5 km for a cumulative area of 10,000 square feet at an estimate of Rs.5 lakh.
“It aims at ensuring irrigation facility for about 69.8 acres,” the Collector said.
Revathy, Executive Engineer, Kallanai Kalvai Division, explained the progress of the work.