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CM inaugurates solar power plant
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday inaugurated a mega solar power plant with a capacity of 10 mw in Mariyur village in Ramanathapuram district.
The solar power plant, inaugurated through video conferencing, was set up by Tidel park. After inaugurating the project, Palaniswami said, “As much as 1.89 crore unit of power would be produced by the solar plant, which would be used by Tidel park."
He also said that the Tidel park will fulfil 50 per cent of its electricity demand through non-conventional energy sources. "Through this, the Tidel park will earn Rs 10 crore per year. A solar thermal power project and desalination plant will be set up in the next phase at the same place,” said Palaniswami.
The setting up a 50 mw solar mega power project along with a 15 MLD desalination plant was announced by the late Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa in the Assembly on July 24, 2014.
CM launches new software for co-optex
Palaniwami also launched a new software for co-optex, developed at a cost of Rs 15.85 crore. The new software will computerise the entire transactions of co-optex such as procurement of garments from weavers cooperative associations, storage of the procured garments in government warehouses, sending the garments to the shops and the sale at co-optex outlets.
“The software will use QR code to maintain the records of all the garments that are procured, stored, transported and sold. The software will also enable co-optex to pay the pending dues for the weavers cooperative associations on time and to provide regular employment for them,” said Palaniswami.
Fishing harbour, jetties inaugurated
The CM also inaugurated a fishing harbour at Mookaiyur village in Ramanathapuram district constructed at a cost of Rs 113.9 crore.
Fish jetties, developed at a cost of Rs 2.75 crore, were inaugurated at Kattumavadi and Pennagaram villages, both in Pudukkottai district. Another jetty was opened at Morpannai village in Ramanathapuram district. It was set up at a cost of Rs 1.26 crore.
Foundation laid for new Rs 428 cr barrage across Kollidam river
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami laid the foundation stone for the barrage across Kollidam river between Athanur and Kumaramangalam through video conferencing on Tuesday. It will be constructed at a cost of Rs 428 crore.
The new barrage, which would have 84 shutters, would have a road on top of it permitting two-way traffic.
With the excess water going waste by draining into the sea, farmers in the tail-end region have been insisting the State government construct a barrage to store the excess water for future use.
After repeated requests, the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced a barrage across Kollidam river between Athanur and Kumaramangalam on August 4, 2014 under rule 110 in the Assembly.
The 1.8 km long and 8 metre wide barrage was estimated to cost Rs 428 crore. According to PWD officials, the new barrage would have as many as 84 shutters which would store at least 1.072 TMC water. This apart, a two-way road would be paved on its top to ease the flow of traffic.
The barrage would facilitate draining of excess water for recharging the North and South Rajan vaical and the water drains to the barrage from Kondappan and Narimudukku.
The barrage would irrigate 12,640 hectares in Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts.