TAMIL NADU

Fund allocation for SGRY works in Kanyakumari dt.

NAGERCOIL, MARCH 17. The Government has allotted additional allotment of Rs.6.22 cores under the Sampoorna Gramin Rozgar Yojana for 2004-05 to desilt irrigation ponds, tanks and channels in different parts of the district, said the Collector, Sunil Paliwal.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, he said the Government had also allotted 5000 tonnes of rice under this scheme. As many as 996 works would be implemented through the Public Works Department, block panchayats, village panchayats and special panchayats.

A sum of Rs.2.13 crores had been allotted to the Public Works Department to desilt irrigation channels attached to Pazhayar, Kodayar, and Pattanamkal basins in Nagercoil, Thuckalay, Kuzuthutrai and Cheruppaloor to the total length of 356.90 km and Rs.9.80 lakhs to renovate seven irrigation tanks.

Similarly, the Government allotted Rs.2.05 crores to village panchayats for laying of 180 new roads and Rs.34.50 lakhs to desilt 30 tanks and for digging five new ooranies. A sum of Rs.33.60 lakhs had also been allotted for the improvement of Kutcha houses in Agastheeswaram, Thovalai, Rajakkamangalam, Kurunthencode, Thuckalay, Thiruvattar, Killiyoor, Munchirai and Melpuram village panchayats.

The Government allotted Rs.86.15 lakhs to special panchayats for 64 new roads and Rs.31.85 lakhs to renovate 21 tanks. To extend a helping hand to tsunami-affected fishermen community in Manakudi, Pallam, Kesavanputhenthurai, Muttom and Simon Colony near Colachel, Rs.41.20 lakhs had been allotted under `food-for-work' programme to undertake 44 works.

A special meeting would be organised once in a week on Saturday to review the progress of the works. Officers concerned had already been asked to ensure proper execution of the works. Steps had also been taken to install boards containing the name of the work, estimate cost, allotment of rice, name of the officer etc., to ensure transparency while executing the works.

Drinking water schemes

Regarding the implementation of drinking water schemes in the district, the Collector said the district administration had already sent a Rs.2.20-crore proposal for the execution of various schemes.

Meanwhile, Rs.11 lakhs had been spent on implementing drinking water schemes in water-starved villages of the district, particularly at Kadayal. Moreover, the district administration was keenly monitoring the water position throughout the district and immediate steps would be taken to ensure water supply, if the officials received petitions from the public at the grievance day meetings.

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