Tiruvarur: The Tamil Nadu Government has earmarked a sum of Rs 499.69 crore during the current year (2019-20) for undertaking “Kudimaramathu Panigal” across the state, of which Tiruvarur district’s share is Rs 16.8 crore, according to State Food minister R. Kamaraj.
The scheme for implementation of ‘Kudimaramathu’ (restoration of water bodies with participatory approach by farmers organisations, farmers councils, Ayacutdars or group of Ayacutdars) was started by the Edappadi K Palaniswami government on a pilot basis in 2017, it may be recalled.
For the current year, according to a G.O., administrative sanction has been accorded for 1,829 ‘Kudimaramathu’ works in 29 districts, at an estimated cost of Rs 499.69 crore, in Chennai, Tiruchy, Madurai and Coimbatore regions.
The components proposed to be carried out include strengthening of tank bund, desilting of supply channel, surplus course, repair/reconstruction of sluices, weirs, repair/renewal of shutters, rehabilitation/desilting of canals, etc, says the government order.
Mr. Kamaraj made this announcement while inaugurating the free supply of fertile soil (Vandal Mann) to the needy farmers at Serrumangalam Millal lake near Mannargudi in Tiruvarur district on Saturday.
He also pointed out that the government has spent Rs 100 crore and 331 crore during the years 2017 and 2018 respectively for this purpose. Among others, including Tiruvarur collector T. Anand, DRO Mrs Ponnammal and others participated....