“Save Uyyakondan canal from urban pollution”

A cross section of the farmers’ representatives of the district has urged the Public Works Department to ensure that Uyyakondan canal was protected from urban pollution by utilising the funds granted for the purpose by the government properly.

The 1,000-year-old Uyyakondan canal, built by Raja Raja Cholan and renovated by Kulothunga Cholan, had an ayacut of 32,000 acres and feeds 36 tanks. However, the canal is subject to heavy urban pollution between Puthur and Ariyamangalam in the city.

Raising the issue at the farmers’ grievances meeting here on Tuesday, R.Subramanian, deputy secretary, Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association, pointed out that the government has sanctioned Rs.14 crore for renovating the canal and the PWD should adopt latest technologies to effectively prevent pollution to the river. He also suggested that the PWD consult the stakeholders before implementing the project.

C.Masilamani, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, affiliated to the CPI (M), said the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board should strictly monitor and prevent discharge of industrial effluents into the canal.

The discharge of the effluents was not only affecting agriculture but also the drinking water sources as groundwater was also being polluted.

A cross-section of farmers also urged the PWD to ensure that adequate quantum of water was released in the 17 irrigation canals so as to ensure flow up to the tail-end areas.

Ayilai Sivasuriyan, district secretary of the CPI affiliated Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, said inlet channels in Kodiyalam, Pulivalam and a few other villages were yet to get supply even though water was being released in the Uyyakondan canal for the past 10 days.

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