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Channel to link Amaravathy with two lakes proposed

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ARAVAKURICHI, NOV. 24 . To harness and save the run-off excess water in the Amaravathy river during the monsoon season, a channel connecting the Amaravathy near Chinnadarapuram with the Savariappan lake and then with the Thathampalayam lake is planned. A proposal to desilt the two lakes to make them fit for storing the inflow will be forwarded to the State Government, according to the Karur Collector, G. Ramamoorthy.

Such an arrangement would help to raise the water table in the area, besides providing water to the parched Aravakurichi belt for some weeks, he said.

Also, a plan to desilt the channel leading from the Raja Vaikkal at Pallapalayam to Kombu Vaikkal in the tail-end areas of Koyampalli would soon be drafted, he told farmers at a farmers' grievances day meeting held here today for the first time. Mr. Ramamoorthy said a detailed plan would be drawn up and the estimate forwarded to the State Government for follow-up action on desilting and repairing the 46-km stretch of channel.

Similarly, efforts would be made to strengthen bunds of the Kanakapuri lake near here under the `food-for-work' scheme and desilt the lake, apart from carrying out repair works to its damaged sluices and vents, Mr. Ramamoorthy said. He assured the farmers that efforts would be made to form milk societies in areas where there was none or existing ones were not functioning properly. Applications received from the farmers for loans to get milch animals were being processed and the loans would be disbursed soon.

Replying to a question, the Collector said that a plan had been forwarded to the Government to construct a bridge across the channel crossing the Vellianai-Venkatapuram-Manapparai road with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development assistance. Steps would be taken to construct retaining wall for a length of 60 metres along the Konkanchi channel near Manathattai, he told a farmer, Elangovan of Kulithalai.

Mr. Ramamoorthy said that during the year Rs. three lakhs had been set apart as subsidy to 10 farmers to buy tractors and power tillers through the Agricultural Engineering Department.

A large number of farmer representatives including R. Subramanian, P. Sadasivam, Muruga Gounder, S. Palanisamy and K. Muthusamy and also officials participated in the meeting.

Mr. Ramamoorthy also distributed free house site pattas to 59 persons.

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