TN to build check dams to save water

Chennai, Jan 28 | Updated: Jan 29 2005, 06:26am hrs
In order to allay the fears of farmers and local residents about the possible depletion of ground water in their region after the implementation of the New Veeranam and its extension project, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday announced new water conservation measures like construction of check dams and ban on sand quarrying from the area between grand anaicut and lower anaicut.

The farmers in the region have been agitating against digging of deep bore wells under the scheme, which envisages augmenting water supply to Chennai. In a statement issued here, the Chief Minister said the check dams, each costing Rs 25 crore, would help conserve rain water and prevent depletion of the groundwater table. She also ordered energisation of agricultural pumpsets in the area on a priority basis. This would benefit 4,985 farmers.

"These steps would safeguard the interests of farmers in the Kollidam basin, she said and requested them to co-operate with the government in implementing the New Veeranam expansion scheme," she said.