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Desilting of channels on fast track

Desilting of flood water channels in the city has gathered momentum thereby raising hope that flooding would be prevented during the monsoon period.

Considering the past incidence of floods in the city, the Tiruchi City Corporation had begun desilting of all major and small channels about a month ago.

As many as 24 works were taken up. The Rettaivaickal (from Kurinji College to Moovendar Nagar), Kottaivaickal (from V.N. Nagar to Subramaniyakovil Street), Kottai Channel (from R.O.B Service Road to Thippiran Thotty Street), SWD Channel, Samba Channel and Nattu Vaickal were among the channels subjected for desilting.

A sum to the tune of ₹90 lakh was allotted for the works. As per the scheme, it was intended to desilt the channels to a length of 53.95 km.

Almost all open storm water drains, which were not desilted for more than 10 to 15 years, were included in the list.

More than 15 earthmovers have been involved in the task. Since multiple contractors were given the task of desilting the channels, officials say that the works are progressing well.

Special Officer cum Commissioner N. Ravichandran told The Hindu that the massive work that began in October was on the right track.

Not even a single flood water carrying channel in the city had been left out. Out of 24 works, 18 had already been completed. Only six works were yet to be completed. Out of the 53.95 km length of channels, desilting works were concluded on about 47.31 km as on Sunday. Remaining works would be concluded within 10 days.

Similarly, he said that 14 ooranies and ponds had also been subjected to desilting and deepening.

A sum of ₹15 lakh has been allotted for the project. Sengulam in Thiruverumbur, Vadagupatti Kulam, Chetti Kulam, Panjapoor Oorani, Udayanpatti Kulam, Elllakudi Kulam and Alathur Kulam were among the ooranies and ponds taken up for desilting.

Mr. Ravichandran said these works have been aimed at ensuring free flow of water along the flood water channels during the monsoon period.

There would be no water inundation in the city except for low lying areas, he hoped.


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