5,800 irrigation tanks will be desilted in State: Minister

AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING: PWD Minister Durai Murugan at the inauguration of Nanganjiar dam at Idayakottai near Dindigul on Sunday.

AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING: PWD Minister Durai Murugan at the inauguration of Nanganjiar dam at Idayakottai near Dindigul on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.

Staff Reporter

To raise water table and ensure good irrigation: Minister

DINDIGUL: A total of 5,800 irrigation tanks and lakes in the State would be desilted to raise water table and ensure good irrigation, said Minister for Public Works Department Durai Murugan.

He was inaugurating Nanganjiar dam, constructed at Idayakottai near here on Sunday.

“The State has 41,000 irrigation tanks, of which 10,000 under the control of the PWD. At present, several tanks are like flat plates owing to accumulation of silt and storage capacity has come down sharply,” he added.

Expressing concern over the inordinate delay in completing the Nanganjiar dam, he said that 18 years had been taken to complete the project, owing to frequent change of governments.

The inordinate delay doubled the projects. Revised estimated cost was Rs.41.16 crore against the original estimate of Rs.20.70 crore in 1990. But this would not the final cost. Desilting of canal work was still pending, he said.

Successive governments should continue the work left by the previous government. Then only the schemes would reach the people quickly and production cost would not increase. But the previous government had just abandoned all the projects launched by the DMK government.

Large quantum of water had been drained into sea so far, he added.

“Rulers may come and go, but the government stays. Rulers must realise it.”

Mr. Murugan also expressed disgust over poor planning. Canals were dug with out constructing the Irukkankudi dam. Thirty six engineers were suspended, he said.

Production of new shutter for the Kudaganar dam at a cost of over Rs.1 crore was under way. This work would be expedited immediately.

Revenue Minister I. Periasamy appealed to construct a check-dam across the Nallathangal stream in Thoppampatti union.

Collector R. Vasuki said that 2,615 acres in Dindigul and 3,635 acres in Karur districts would be irrigated.

A total of 92,237 wells would be converted into rainwater harvesting structures to recharge groundwater table.

Karur MP K.C. Palanisamy appealed to desilt supply canals of the Nanganjiar dam to irrigate farms in-tail end areas. Palani MP S.K. Karvendhan said that the scheme was sanctioned in 1990 and inaugurated in 2008. Welfare aid worth Rs.13.45 lakh was disbursed to 746 beneficiaries.

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