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திங்கள், ஏப்ரல் 18, 2011

Veeranam tank goes dry



The tank in Cuddalore is in need of attention.

CUDDALORE: 

             The Veeranam tank located at Kattumannarkoil in Cuddalore district has gone dry, exposing the vast stretch of clay soil. It reveals a thick layer of siltat covering the entire tank bed, reducing its water-holding capacity.

              It had been stated earlier that the tank bed would be deepened by 1.5 feet for which a sum of Rs. 16 crore had been earmarked. However, only a few earthmovers had been pressed into service, that too on the periphery of the tank, sources said. According to K.V. Elankeeran of the Vettuvaikkal-Naraikkal Eri Paasana Vivasayigal Sangam, deployment of only a handful of earthmovers would take a long time to complete the task.

                   The soil thus scooped out of the tank bed was supposed to be utilised for raising and strengthening the banks of the Kollidam as part of flood control measures. Mr. Elankeeran expressed the opinion that the deepening work ought to be expedited or else it would be stalled by the southwest monsoon. The delayed execution would also affect the exercise of firming up the banks of the Kollidam, he added.

           The maximum height of water in the tank was said to be 47.5 ft, but in reality, it would be much less. Therefore, he had sent a telegram to the Public Works Department stating that it was the time the officials carried out a survey to assess the real capacity of the tank. The heavy siltat had confounded the water managers as well as ayacutdars about the holding capacity of the tank. As of now, about 48,000 acres benefited in the catchment areas of the tank.

             After completion of the deepening work, the ayacut area could be considerably expanded, and, therefore, a survey would enable scientific planning and utilisation of the scarce resource, Mr. Elankeeran added.

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