Chennai: The State government has announced to revive the traditional Kudimaramathu system of encouraging the farmers and locals too, to undertake repair and maintenance of the waterbodies in the respective villages. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisami will launch the programme in March first week. This will enable the farmers and the people to take up the work of desilting of tanks and channels that irrigate the paddy fields, at an estimated cost of Rs 10 lakhs.
Those projects exceeding this sum will be formulated and implemented through the Water Resources Orgnisation. A decision to this effect was made at a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister on Thursday. About 1, 519 works would be taken up under the Kudimaramathu in 30 district at a cost of Rs 100 crores. During the 2017 - 18 fiscal similar works will be taken up for Rs 300 crore.