The Public Works Department (PWD) has come up with a short film on ‘Kudimaramathu scheme’, which it plans to screen in theatres across the State, during the interval breaks. According to a PWD official, the aim is to educate the public on the need for water conservation.
It was in 2016–2017 that the project was launched incorporating 1,513 lakes in 30 districts at a cost of Rs 100 crore. In 2017-2018, as many as 1,511 lakes in 29 districts were desilted for Rs 328.95 crore. Similarly, in 2019-2020, work on 1,829 lakes in 29 districts was initiated for Rs 500 crore.
“The video shows how the farmers are contributing money and materials to restore the water bodies. Also, the video will reveal the traditional methods of desilting, which have found a fresh lease of life through this scheme,” said Palaniswamy.