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Buckle Canal desilting work gathers pace

For a free flow: Area where the desilting work has been completed on the Buckle Channel in Tuticorin.

For a free flow: Area where the desilting work has been completed on the Buckle Channel in Tuticorin.   | Photo Credit: — Photo N. Rajesh

Staff Reporter

Work already completed up to a distance of 1.4 km

TUTICORIN: The implementation of the Rs.30-crore project to desilt and construct lining works along the Buckle Canal, which is expected to greatly benefit the local populace, has gathered pace with the work already completed up to a distance of 1.4 km.

The first of the three phases, taken up on an outlay of Rs. 6.98 crore, has witnessed some major action by the Corporation, police and revenue officials, who removed around 500 encroachments on either sides at the construction site.

A team, led by M. Rakkappan, Senior Town Planning Officer (Corporation), led the drive to remove the encroachments.

The total length of the construction work planned in the canal was 6.56 km and it might be completed by 2010 December.

The canal, which flows through the heart of the town, has got clogged in recent times due to indiscriminate dumping of waste and disposal of sewage. This had resulted in low-lying areas getting inundated during heavy rain.

The Buckle canal begins at Korampallam, about 3.4 km from here, and ends at Threspuram area adjoining the Gulf of Mannar.

The project, upon completion, would prevent water-logging of roads in areas such as Levingipuram and Boltonpuram.

Minister for Social Welfare, P. Geetha Jeevan, performed the bhoomi pooja on January 16 for the first phase of the work.

The project was taken up following her request to the Deputy Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin, during his visit to Tuticorin in April 2008.

Following Mr. Stalin’s approval, a team led by Niranjan Mardi, Principal Secretary, Department of Municipal Administration and Water Supply, P. Senthil Kumar, Director of Municipal Administration, along with the then-District Collector R. Palaniyandi, conducted on-the-spot assessments.

Collector G. Prakash has been regularly reviewing its progress.

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