THANJAVUR: Rain water harvesting will be given priority by the city corporation here as a means to save water and solve water shortage, said District Collector M. Govinda Rao, here on Tuesday.
Speaking to office-bearers of the ‘Clean Thanjavur’ movement, a voluntary organisations which works towards making Thanjavur clean and green, Govinda Rao said that enumeration of properties that have rain water harvesting structures have already begun, and those which don't have such structures will have to fix them.
Owners of properties which don't have rain water harvesting structures will be asked to install one. Defunct and structures under repair will be revived.
“Rain water harvesting structures will be created in parks also in the town,” he added. The district administration is also contemplating using drones to locate breaches, when they occur in rivers and canals so that they can be quickly and easily plugged. Recently, we walked one-km to locate a breach in Kannanar in Madukkur panchayat union. Drones may help in easily identifying them. Even vulnerable points can be located,” the collector explained.
Roof gardens will be popularised. He appealed to technocrats and educational institutions to invent a low-cost technology for housing, so that 'hut free' Thanjavur can be achieved by offering affordable housing to the poor.
He said that linking ponds after renovating them will be done not only in Thanjavur but also in Pattukottai and Madukkur areas, where tanks exist in large numbers.
Founder of ‘Clean Thanjavur’ movement, N. Ramachandran, offered a shawl to the collector. Dr. M. Radhika Michael, president of CTM, office-bearers N. Ram Manohar, Vijayalakshmi Bharathy, Parveen, Ananthi, Balasubramaniam, Murali participated in the meeting and offered suggestions on solid waste management.