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Scheme to prevent water-logging

By Our Staff Reporter

THRISSUR, JUNE 14 . A high-level meeting of officials and people's representatives here today decided to formulate an integrated scheme to prevent water-logging in various low-lying areas of the city during the monsoon season.

The meeting also decided to authorise the Thrissur Engineers' Centre (TEC) to formulate the scheme. Experts attending the meeting said the indiscriminate filling up of paddy fields around the city as well as encroachments and silting of the gutters and canals were the primary reasons for water-logging. The lack of adequate culverts on the new roads has also contributed to water-logging.

Encroachments in canal areas would be removed after conducting a survey to identify them. The District Collector, V.M. Gopala Menon, who was present at the meeting, offered the cooperation of the district administration for this. The representative of the engineers' collective TEC, H. Narayana Swamy, said there were six major canals for draining out the water from the city. There were numerous gutters to take the water to these canals. The new scheme envisages development of these canals and gutters after detailed studies and linking them to the existing Peechi irrigation canal. New canals must also be dug up wherever needed, Mr, Swamy former Chief Engineer, Irrigation, said.

The Nabard Development Officer, K. Jayamohan, said the bank would be able to provide finance for the scheme by including it in the `Jayaprakash Narayan Projects'. The resource map for the scheme has already been prepared by the Information Kerala Mission under the Corporation Computerisation programme, according to the mission coordinator, Cheriyan Joseph. The meeting decided to remove the silt in all the canals in the city before June 30. The Corporation has allocated Rs. 40,000 each to all wards for the purpose. The Mayor, K. Radhakrishnan, presided. The MLAs, Therambil Ramakrishnan and P.P. George, the Deputy Mayor, P.S. Johny, and the Health standing committee chairman, M. Usman, were among those who attended the meeting.

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