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Flood prompts move for revival of old scheme

Staff Reporter

Plan to divert Coleroon water to Pudukottai district



GAUGE IT: A scale showing the water marks at Upper Anaicut during flood on different years. — PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

TIRUCHI: The current flood in the Cauvery and Coleroon rivers has made the authorities think of reviving an old scheme to explore the possibility of diverting surplus waters from the Coleroon to Pudukottai district.

The `Coleroon Surplus Water Scheme,' estimated to cost Rs.125 crores (planned during the MGR regime), would not only prevent flood in Tiruchi and Srirangam but also facilitate irrigation of two lakh acres in Pudukottai district by filling up the system tanks.

Addressing presspersons on Friday after inspecting the damage caused by the floods in and around Tiruchi and Srirangam, along with the Labour Welfare Minister, P. Annavi, the Adi Dravidar Welfare Minister, C. Karuppasamy, and the Backward Classes Welfare Minister, S. M. Veluchamy, the Industries Minister, Nainar Nagendran, said the old water scheme was discussed during an official meeting recently. It was pointed out that surplus water from the Coleroon could be taken even up to Ramanathapuram district. This proposal would be placed before the Chief Minister after obtaining a revised estimate from the Public Works Department, he said.

Flood relief

The Minister said the district administration sought Rs.22 crores, while the Mayor, Sarubala R. Tondaiman, submitted a proposal seeking Rs.6.50 crores towards flood relief. The farmers had also complained of extensive damage to standing banana, paddy and sugarcane crops. He would also apprise the Chief Minister of serious damage caused to bridges and culverts, and also the need to release funds for carrying out repair works and paying compensation to affected farmers.

The Ministers inspected the damage caused to the road over-bridge on the Salai Road, breaches at Chettiar Thoppu in Melur near Srirangam and at Ponnurangapuram near Tiruvalarcholai. Mr. Nagendran distributed rice and other essential commodities to the flood-hit villagers at Tiruvalarcholai.

The Collector, K. Nanda Kishore, the Mayor, and the Corporation Commissioner, Harmander Singh, accompanied the Ministers.

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