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Flood-hit areas along Cauvery, Coleroon banks surveyed

Tamil Nadu Bureau

Technical adviser visits Tiruchi, Thanjavur

TIRUCHI: F ormer Chief Engineer of the Public Works Department and technical adviser to the PWD Minister, M. Dheenadayalan, surveyed the flood-affected areas along the banks of the Cauvery and Coleroon on Friday.

He inspected the Upper Anaicut and the Mayanur bed regulator in Karur district and visited Melur, where there was a threat of breach to the Cauvery bund last week. Mr. Dheenadayalan also ventured along the Kollidam and visited Mukkombu, the Grand Anaicut and villages along the Kollidam bank in Thanjavur district.

He was scheduled to inspect the Grand Anaicut and visit the lower delta region in Thanjavur district on Saturday.

The visit assumes significance in the wake of speculation over a Government announcement on a major project to prevent floods in Tiruchi and Srirangam. Reliable sources say the PWD has drawn up proposals worth Rs. 64 crores to strengthen the Cauvery and Coleroon bunds.

Mr. Dheenadayalan's visit is being viewed as a feasibility study of the proposal. He is expected to forward his suggestions to the Government. He was accompanied by PWD Chief Engineer, Tiruchi, G. Pandiarajan, Executive Engineer K.K. Palanichamy and senior officials.

With heavy discharge from the Mettur continuing, the PWD engineers released 90,564 cusecs of water into the Kollidam from the Upper and Grand Anaicuts. They said 67,959 cusecs of water was released into the Kollidam from the Upper Anaicut and 22,625 cusecs from the Grand Anaicut.

"However there is no threat of floods as the river carried nearly 2.25 lakh cusecs of water on October 26 and 27. Water is being safely diverted into the river now," Asokan, Executive Engineer, Cauvery division PWD, told The Hindu at Thanjavur.

As rain continued to lash Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts, water was not discharged from the Grand Anaicut into the Cauvery and the Vennar on Friday. The discharge into the Grand Anaicut canal was 3,000 cusecs.

Farmers worried

Farmers and Agriculture department officials were worried about the continuous rain in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts. "If the rain continues, it might affect samba crop. Samba transplantation is almost nearing completion in Thanjavur district.

Against a target of 1.25 lakh hectares, the crop has been transplanted on 1.08 lakh hectares. Thaladi transplantation has been completed on 20,000 hectares," said M. Jothi, Joint Director, Agriculture.

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