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Vaigai dam to be beautified

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In tune:Musical fountain inaugurated at the Vaigai dam in Theni district on Saturday.

THENI: Development projects including infrastructure development to the tune of Rs.6 crore will be taken up to beautify Vaigai dam site and provide better facilities to attract domestic as well as foreign tourists said Collector P. Muthuveeran.

He was inaugurating a musical dancing fountain constructed at a cost of Rs.34.2 lakh near the dam here on Saturday evening.

The district administration has sent proposals to the government for creating facilities including road and toilet facilities.

The Central Government will sanction funds for beautification of the site. Children's park, sprawling over 50 acres, will be modernised and more facilities will created there.

Development works to the tune of Rs. 20.8 lakh will also be taken up under the Western Ghats Development Programme.

A new park around Vaigai model site will be created using this fund.

With the commissioning of this fountain, arrival of tourists is expected to scale up to 10 lakh from four lakh in a year.

The fountain will function between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., on Saturdays, Sundays, and on government holidays. Entry is free to all, he said.

P. Vijay Kumar, PWD Superintending Engineer, Vaigai Basin, and Sub Division Officer S. Subramanian participated in the function.

The dam was constructed in 1958 with a total storage capacity of 6,878 mcft.

It had overflowed for 27 years out of total 57 years. The Vaigai Park had earned Rs.20 lakh so far.

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