Chennai, July 2 (BPNS)
Tirupattur district of Tamil Nadu which has faced extreme shortage of water is constructing 1400 water ponds to recharge the water table in the area.
These ponds will act as water shortage pits during the monsoon and recharge the groundwater in the district. The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) is the implementing authority for the project.
According to sources in the District collectorate, 208 water ponds will be dug in 4 taluks of the district. Women workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) are assigned for the project. Each pond will be 72 feet long ,32 feet wide and six feet deep with a storage capacity of 3.63 lakh litres of water.
The district administration has also given green signal for constructing ponds on private lands in addition to the government properties. The private lands can also be used to grow freshwater fish varieties that will give additional income to the farmers. Catla, Roya, and Mithila fish varieties are the preferred varieties.
The Rural Development and Panchayath Raj, Agriculture, and Horticulture developments will also be roped in for the project.