Farmers seek permanent flood control measures

The Federation of Cuddalore District Farmers' Associations has appealed to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to put in place permanent flood control measures in Cuddalore district.

In a representation, Federation secretary Karmangudi S. Venkatesan said Cuddalore district, by virtue of its geographical location, was acting as a drainage point for rainwater run-off originating from the districts of Salem, Erode, Karur, Namakkal, Tiruchi, Ariyalur and Perambalur. Therefore, it was obvious that during monsoon, rivers flowing through Cuddalore district such as the Gedilam, the Then Pennaiyar, the Kollidam, the Vellar and the Manimuthar started flooding and inundating vast stretches of farmlands, destroying standing crops and houses.

Mr. Venkatesan said it was the estimation of hydrologists that on an average 250 thousand million cubic feet of water thus drained into the sea annually after causing havoc. Therefore, it had become a recurring feature to take relief measures by spending an average of Rs. 500 crore to Rs. 600 crore a year.

It had also become a routine affair for official teams from the State and Union governments to assess flood damage and release relief at a later date. Even disbursement of relief was not without complaints as some section of the affected people might either be left out or the relief would come in very late.

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