Kanchi farmers receive water for irrigating next two crops
All lakes in district to reach full capacity in a fortnight if showers continue
(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.