Rain damages over 260 km of State highway in Dharmapuri district

Staff Reporter

The cost to carry out repair works estimated over Rs. 1 lakh

Dharmapuri: A total of 268 km. of State Highways Roads were damaged in the incessant rain that lashed the district for the past one week. The cost of carrying out repair works on highways roads works out to be Rs.1.029 lakh. A proposal would be sent to the Government shortly seeking sanction of funds Collector P. Amudha has said.

Apart from this municipal roads to a length of 2 km were damaged in the rain. Efforts would be initiated to repair these roads.

Speaking at a review meeting here on Monday, Ms. Amudha said that major reservoirs in the district maintained by the Public Works Department had reached their full capacity and surplus water was being discharged continuously.

The district received 658.60 mm of rainfall in December in the current year as against 11.80 mm during the previous year. Harur taluk received a maximum rainfall of 206.60 mm.

The groundwater level had also considerably improved in the district. A total of 52 huts were fully damaged and 57 partially damaged. The district administration has provided a relief of Rs.2,000 each to huts damaged in the recent rain. It has also disbursed a solatium of Rs.1 lakh to next of kin of Vediammal (6) who was washed away in flash floods. Krishnagiri district has recorded 327.16 mm of rainfall during the Northeast monsoon in the current year as against the normal rainfall of 291 mm, Collector Santhosh Babu has said.

The average rainfall recorded during the Northeast monsoon in the district is as follows (in mm): Nedungal 457.20 Pochampalli 434, Uthangarai 44, Barur 399, Krishnagiri 339.20, Thally 235.30, Hosur 305, Rayakottai 277 , Shoolagiri 262.40, Denkanikottai 261.50, Anchetti 233.70, Bengondapuram 207.60.

The district has recorded 924.59 mm of rainfall in the current year as against the average rainfall of 830.1 mm. Out of a total of 106 PWD tanks in the district as many as 46 tanks had filled up while 25 tanks had reached 50 to 75 per cent capacity. The cost of carrying out repair works on highways roads works out to be Rs.56 lakh, Mr. Babu added.

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