MGNREGA’s rain readiness repairs kick off in suburbs

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) workers from village panchayats in the suburbs are pressed into action to undertake desilting in water-bodies and clearing waterways and channels before the rain.
A file photo of MGNREGA workers taking up desilting works in a village pond
A file photo of MGNREGA workers taking up desilting works in a village pond


This is in the wake of government departments like Public Works Department (Water Resources Department) and Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) taking up flood precautionary works. 
According to officials, last year’s north-east monsoon and the subsequent floods ravaged Chennai city and the small village panchayats located near the city and suburbs. As a proactive measure, the MGNREGA workers are cleaning and desilting the water bodies in their respective village panchayats. 
Muthu Meenal, Additional Director, MGNREGA, Tamil Nadu told DTNext “Workers are undertaking drainage and desilting works in village panchayats in suburbs and Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts. Village panchayats like Manimangalam, Varatharajapuram, Acharapakkam and Kattankulathur which are located near city were the worst-hit flood hit areas,”. 
She added such works would continue till the north-east monsoon ended. Village panchayat presidents were also told by the concerned officials to take up monsoon preparatory works. “It is a fact that last year flood affected not only city, but also villages. So, it became imperative to take up monsoon works this year. Accordingly, workers have been taking such works,” said a village panchayat president. 
He also added that the workers were eager to take up such works, because they had bitter experiences with the last year’s floods. Workers were also assigned for works like construction of bunds in small tanks so that rainwater would not enter the villages.

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