New Delhi: The Tamil Nadu Water Resources Department is to start construction of 47 check dams in May with an investment of Rs 190.73 crore, Water Resources Department Minister S Duraimurugan has said.
The dams are being constructed in 24 districts of the state including Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram. Minister Duraimurugan said: “The check dam is an ambitious project by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin to recharge groundwater and help farmers get enough water for irrigation and drinking water.The 47 check dams to be constructed will benefit nearly 1.5 lakh acres of agricultural land in 24 districts of the state.
Sources from the Tamil Nadu Water Resources Department said that the works will start in the second week of May and the department expects the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to sanction the loan for the project.
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Immediately after taking office, Chief Minister Stalin announced the construction of 1,000 check dams in the state over the next 10 years to recharge groundwater.
Sources from the water resources department said that out of the total number of check dams, nine will be in Tiruchi district alone.
Apart from the 47 check dams that come with the support of NABARD, works for 10 are already underway in Coimbatore, Salem, Tenkasi, Karur, Theni, Tirupathur, Virudhunagar, Tiruvallur and Tiruppur districts of the state.
“We are in the process of recharging the groundwater using check dams and the Chief Minister is following this project closely. We hope that within ten years the state will have an adequate water table when the 1,000 check dams envisioned by the chief minister will become operational,” sources from the water resources department told IANS.