Sivaganga tank being desilted

July 15, 2007 12:00 am | Updated September 29, 2016 02:11 am IST

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At a cost of Rs.30 lakh by Thanjavur Municipality

THANJAVUR: Thanjavur Municipality has taken up the work of desilting the more than 1,000 years old Sivaganga tank inside the Sivaganga Park near the Big Temple here.

The tank was unique in having underground connections with all the tanks in the town and was functioning as a water filling body in olden days. The tank located on a sprawling five acres of land was built with moat walls around it.

The deep and wide tank is used for boating service. A winch is also functioning connecting the mandapam at the centre of the tank from the banks. As it remained silted up, the Municipality, under whose control is the tank, now has decided to desilt the tank at a cost of Rs.30 lakh. The desilting work started on Thursday is being done on a war footing.

The Sivaganga Park is yet another attraction for tourists and children in the town. A science park also forms part of it. A library is also located inside the park. Thousands of tourists visit this point during summer holidays. The Big Temple, the Sivaganga Park and the Sivaganga tank are located in the Sivaganga Fort complex.

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