Kanchi farm­ers re­ceive wa­ter for ir­ri­gat­ing next two crops

All lakes in district to reach full ca­pac­ity in a fort­night if show­ers con­tinue

Sunday Express - - RAIN WHACKED - T MURUGANANDHAM @ Chen­nai

(From L) Pas­sen­gers wait­ing at the Cen­tral Rail­way Sta­tion af­ter many train ser­vices were can­celled and some oth­ers were par­tially can­celled due to rains in Chen­nai on Saturday; and drowned graves of the Madras War Ceme­tery at St Thomas Mount , which was closed for public on the day D SAMPATHKUMAR, MARTIN LOUIS

RAINS have brought in its wake a rea­son to cheer for the res­i­dents and farm­ers of Kancheepuram district. The re­cent ‘above nor­mal’ rains is likely to augur well for them in the long term.

All lakes, ex­cept a few such as Sem­baram­bakkam and Uthi­ramerur, were likely to reach their full ca­pac­ity within a fort­night if the show­ers con­tinue, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials. The to­tal stor­age ca­pac­ity of the lakes (ma­jor ir­ri­ga­tion tanks) in the district is 17.5 tm­cft. In all, there are around 1,000 lakes (ma­jor ir­ri­ga­tion tanks) and 1,082 mi­nor ir­ri­ga­tion tanks in the district.

“The 924 lakes are un­der the main­te­nance of Public Works Depart­ment, and 1,082 mi­nor ir­ri­ga­tion tanks un­der the con­trol of pan­chayat unions. Of the 924 lakes, stor­age level has al­ready reached full ca­pac­ity in 138 lakes. In 177 lakes, the stor­age level has reached 75 per cent and within a day or two, it will reach the full ca­pac­ity. If the show­ers con­tinue in the nor­mal range, all ma­jor ir­ri­ga­tion tanks will reach their full ca­pac­ity within 10 days, that is by Novem­ber 15,” said of­fi­cial sources.

“The farm­ers need not worry about ir­ri­ga­tion dur­ing the next two crops and the public can stop wor­ry­ing about drink­ing wa­ter re­quire­ments for eight months. An­other ad­van­tage is that ground­wa­ter ta­ble will go up in all areas sur­round­ing the lakes. The added ad­van­tage is that we had an ex­ces­sive South­west mon­soon,” the sources said.

“We are con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing the stor­age sit­u­a­tion and dur­ing the pre­mon­soon works, we have lo­cated 152 vul­ner­a­ble points which are sus­cep­ti­ble to breach. All these areas have been strength­ened ahead of mon­soon. As a pre­cau­tion, sand­bags have been kept in some places well in ad­vance to avoid any breach,” the sources added.

Re­gard­ing com­plaints about breach of tanks in some places, the of­fi­cials clar­i­fied, “Our an­ces­tors have a way of re­leas­ing sur­plus wa­ter safely through ‘vet­tumadai’ (fuse plug spill­way).”

The Man­i­man­galam lake, from where CM Edap­padi K Palaniswami launched the Kudi­mara­mathu scheme a few months ago, have reached its full ca­pac­ity. From this lake, wa­ter is drawn for ir­ri­ga­tion as well as drink­ing pur­poses in sub­ur­ban areas of Chen­naiNan diva ram, Then­neri, Pil­laipakkam, Sripe­rum­budur, Thaiyur, Pana­madi, Siruthavur and Nan­man­galam.

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