Though the district officials are confident that the kudimaramathu drive would be completed by this month end, it appears that the works might be delayed by 15 days to three weeks.
Talking to reporters, after inspecting the ongoing works in a few delta districts, in Tiruchy on Friday, the Commissioner said that as part of the desilting and kudimaramathu works, a few inlet and outlet canals were being restored, repair works or replacement of sluices, construction of surface level tanks, were also being carried out. “In order to convert the kudimaramathu drive into a people’s movement, residents of the localities, especially, farmers are being involved in the work,” he said.
When asked about the interference of non-ayacutdars in kudimaramathu works, the Commissioner stressed that the state government was keen on involving only the ayacutdars of respective reigons. “If any complaint arises, strict action will be initiated,” Satyagopal warned.
Conveying that an eight-member committee comprising retired senior engineers, mostly from the PWD, have been deputed to monitor the ongoing kudimaramathu works, he said that the team after inspections would reports and give its suggestions to improve the works. They would also coordinate between farmers and the government.
Claiming that the kudimaramathu works and desilting programmes were fully being undertaken in the ‘b’ and ‘c’ canals, the commissioner said the work has already been completed in the ‘a’ canals.
Replying to a query on the delay in water reaching tail-end areas in core delta districts, Satyagopal said that the government had asked to expedite the works. “We target to complete the entire Kudimaramathu works by September 15. However, it may take a week more in the tail-end areas and thus the flow may reach them thereafter,” the Commissioner said.
He also said that the government with funds from the Asian Development Bank was constructing regulator in the tail-end delta, which would avoid sea water intrusion into irrigation canals.
Meanwhile, Satyagopal also inspected the work in progress at Mukkombu. The temporary works were almost over and the work on new regulator was also progressing. Out of 484 piles, as many as 140 have been installed and the remaining would also be fixed soon, he said. “We have planned to complete the new regulator by March 2021,” the commissioner said.