Soil erosion in Ukkadam tank bund plugged

PREVENTING A BREACH: A worker busy placing sandbags on Saturday to prevent soil erosion in the Ukkadam tank. —

PREVENTING A BREACH: A worker busy placing sandbags on Saturday to prevent soil erosion in the Ukkadam tank. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: M. Periasamy

Staff Reporter

Water from Perur tank inundates shops, houses

Coimbatore: Timely intervention by the Public Works Department (PWD) and revenue officials helped in preventing a major breach in the Ukkadam tank bund on Saturday morning.

Following torrential rain in the Western Ghats, the river Noyyal was in spate for the last few days. Copious inflow was reported in the river in all the places right from Chithirai Chavadi check dam, Perur Chottayandikulam, Ukkadam Periyakulam and Kurichi tank. The PWD officials were monitoring the inflow into the river round-the-clock after sounding a flood alert.

Precautionary measure

The situation was being periodically conveyed to the District Collector, Neeraj Mittal. As a precautionary measure, the authorities had already stopped the inflow into the Ukkadam Periyakulam and had diverted water into the river.

Immediately after noticing soil erosion in the tank bund, the officials placed more than 200 sandbags and labourers were employed to plug the spot where the erosion took place. The work was carried out on a war-footing by workers led by Assistant Executive Engineer and Sub-Divisional Officer of Noyyal from the Water Resource Organisation of the Public Works Department, P. Kandasamy and Assistant Engineer, R. Subramanian with the assistance of Revenue Department team led by Coimbatore South Tahsildar V. Subramanian.

The Revenue Divisional Officer, Coimbatore, M.A. Subramanian, checked the safety of the bund after the completion of the work. With no inflow into the tank, there was no need to panic, officials assured the residents in and around the tank.

The Perur Chottayandikulam that surplussed in the small hours of Saturday resulted in inundation of 18 shops and more than 20 houses along the tank bund in an encroached area. The revenue and police officials shifted the residents to safer places. They have been provided accommodation in a nearby school.

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