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NGOs and trade bodies desilt Periyakulam tank in Sivakasi

- Rajesh Kannan Ramamoorthy

NGOs and trade bodies desilt Periyakulam tank in Sivakasi

Several non-governmental organisations and trade bodies have come together to desilt Periyakulam tank in Sivakasi with funds mobilised among themselves with an aim to bring water to the huge tank and recharge groundwater in the town.

Virudhunagar Collector A. Sivagnanam inaugurated the initiative of Sivakasi Green Forum by flagging off the work of removing wild growth in the tank on Wednesday. The forum’s coordinator, A. Sathyamoorthy, 59, said the tank, located on the western side of the town, was one of the important sources of recharging groundwater for a vast area in Sivakasi. However, due to urbanisation, the tank was left unattended, without any maintenance for several years.

“Though the tank has a depth of 10 to 12 feet, it has not received water to its brim in the last two decades as its supply channels have been blocked. During rainy season, the tank gets three to four feet depth of water,” he added. This was because the supply channel from Vilampatti that runs through Anaiyur and Reddiyapatti and the one that came from Sitharajapuram were blocked.

Volunteers of the forum that surveyed the tank and its supply channels found that the channels were blocked at Thulukkapatti and Reddiyapatti when the roads were laid years back. Besides, the quarrying operation taken up in its vicinity had also damaged the channel, he added.

The forum has garnered support from local traders’ associations and other associations of fireworks and matches units, organisations such as Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs and Junior Chambers.

“With an overwhelming support from the local people, we plan to desilt the tank, raise the bunds and also clear blockages in the supply channels. This is only a beginning. We have plans to take up similar works for Thiruthangal tank also,” Mr. Sathyamoorthy added.

The forum has received permission from the district administration for the work. The Collector has instructed the officials, who are supervising the work, to complete the work before the next monsoon.

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