CM takes stock of desilting works in delta
Ahead of the opening of the Mettur reservoir for irrigation on the scheduled date of June 12, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Friday inspected Kallanai and the desilting works being taken up in Thanjavur and Tiruchi districts.
After arriving in Tiruchi, Mr. Stalin drove to Kallanai, the place he inspected and reviewed works taken up beneath the Extension, Renovation and Modernisation of Irrigation Infrastructure Programme.
Officials, together with Thanjavur Collector M. Govinda Rao, briefed him in regards to the works taken up beneath the particular desilting scheme in the delta districts to make sure that water launched from the Mettur dam reaches the tail-end areas shortly.
Works on eradicating shoals and silt accumulation from stretches of the Cauvery and its tributaries, canals, surplus programs and drains to a size of 1,169 km have been taken up in Thanjavur district at a value of ₹20.5 crore.
Mr. Stalin inspected the elimination of shoals on the Vennar in Palli Agraharam on the outskirts of Thanjavur city, and desilting works taken up on the Mudalai-Muthuvari channel close to Vallam.
Officials instructed the Chief Minister that enough machines had been deployed to finish the works effectively earlier than water from Mettur reaches the Grand Anicut.
In Tiruchi, Mr. Stalin visited Kodiyalam, on the outskirts of the town, to examine desilting work on the Pulivalam drainage canal, primarily used to discharge surplus water from Uyyankondam river through the monsoon.
He reviewed the progress of desilting works taken up at ₹5.62 crore in Tiruchi district. Collector S. Sivarasu, who briefed him in regards to the desilting works in completely different elements of the district, mentioned 63 works had been taken up in the district. Weeds, shoals, silt and collected sand could be cleared for 162.8 km. Nearly 50% of the works had been accomplished.
Minister for Water Resources Duraimurugan; Minister for Municipal Administration K.N. Nehru; Minister for Backward Classes Welfare S.S. Sivasankar; Minister for School Education Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi; and Minister for Environment-Climate Change and Youth Welfare and Sports Siva V. Meyyanathan accompanied Mr. Stalin.