MANNARGUDI: Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the Mannargudi-based “Nesakkaram” which is coordinating all the ‘Seva Sangams’ and general welfare organisations in Tiruvarur dt, all the main canals carrying water to all the tanks in Mannargudi area, which have not been de-silted for many years, have now begun to be cleaned up.
The NGO’s coordinator Dr Balakrishnan told DC that he had sent an appeal through social media, seeking contribution for undertaking this common cause.
In response to his appeal, one Mr. Karthi of Mannargudi now settled in the US, has come forward to bear the expenses for de-silting and cleaning up of a canal for a distance of three-km, and has sent an initial payment of Rs 50,000, Dr Balakrishnan said.
As the word spread, several other service organisations have come forward with similar offers, which made him confident of completing the task, he said.
Dr Balakrishnan said that there are 93 water tanks in Mannargudi, of which 45 are under the direct control of Mannargudi municipality.
Inaugurating the works here on Saturday, State Food minister R. Kamaraj hailed the efforts of ‘Nesakkaram’ and like-minded organisations for taking up a public cause and said such enthusiasm is a must to reach the government’s welfare measures speedily to the needy.
Mr. Kamaraj assured all possible assistance to the NGOs in this task. Among others, Mannargudi municipal commissioner Elangovan, Rotarian Surya Prakash, chamber of commerce Secretary R.V. Anand, project coordinators S. Gopalakrishnan, Aptech P. Ramesh, Karthikeyan, Santhosh, Muthamilselvan and teacher Rajappa, spoke.