Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Wednesday said that the AIADMK government would construct check dams at all possible locations across the Cauvery river to minimise water going waste into the sea during surplus periods.
Speaking at an election rally at Musiri, while seeking votes for AIADMK candidate N. R. Sivapathi from Perambalur constituency, Mr. Palaniswami said that his government had appointed a high-level committee consisting of four retired Chief Engineers of the Public Works Department to study the possibilities of constructing check dams wherever they were possible across rivers including the Cauvery. A sum of ₹1,000 crore would be spent for construction of check dams across the Cauvery and other rivers in the State in three years. Besides recharging the groundwater, the check dams would facilitate the farmers to harness water for irrigation.
Mr. Palaniswami said that the State government had already sanctioned ₹368 crore for the construction of a new regulator across the Kollidam river at Upper Anicut, replacing the damaged regulator. The construction activity would begin shortly. The project would regulate water for irrigation in delta areas, he added.
He said the kudimaramathu scheme had revived more than 3,000 lakes and ponds in the State. It has been planned to desilt at least 2,000 lakes across the State every year. The AIADMK government would continue to give priority for agriculture, he added.
Mr. Palaniswami campaigned for AIADMK candidate N.R. Sivapathi (Perambalur constituency) at Musiri, Mannachanallur, Thuraiyur and Perambalur. Later, the Chief Minister garnered support for AIADMK candidate P. Chandrasekar at Kunnam, Ariyalur and Jayankondam.