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TN Water Resource department to commence building of 47 check dams in May

- April 20, 2022

Chennai, April 20 (BPNS)

Tamil Nadu water resources department is to commence building 47 check dams in May at an investment of Rs 190.73 crores.

The dams are being built in 24 districts in the state including Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram. Water Resource Department minister, S. Duraimurugan while speaking to BPNS said, “ The check dam is an ambitious project of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin to recharge groundwater and to help the farmers get adequate water for irrigation and drinking water purposes. The 47 check dams to be built will benefit nearly 1.5 lakh acres of agricultural land in 24 districts of the state.”

Sources in the Tamil Nadu water resources department told BPNS that the work will commence in the second week of May and the department is expecting the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to sanction the loan for the project.

It may be noted that immediately after assuming office, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin had announced the building of 1000 check dams in the state in the next 10 years for recharging groundwater.

Sources in the water resources department told BPNS that of the 47 check dams that are coming up in the 24 districts, 9 will be in Tiruchi district alone.

Other than the 47 check dams that are coming up with NABARD support, work for 10 check dams is already in the process at Coimbatore, Salem, Tenkasi, Karur, Theni, Tirupathur, Virudhunagar, Tiruvallur, and Tiruppur districts of the state.

Tamil Nadu Water resources minister, Duraimurugan said, “ We are in the process of recharging groundwater using check dams and the Chief Minister is closely monitoring this project. We hope that within a period of ten years Tamil Nadu will have adequate groundwater when all the 1000 check dams that the Chief Minister envisaged become functional.”