Enterprising youth in Peravurani have taken up the work on reviving the Periyakulam in their area with physical contribution and financial assistance from the locals.
The tank had a water spread area of more than 500 acres in the past but has shrunk due to dumping of garbage and subsequent encroachments and the inlet channels remain covered with wild growth and silt.
The situation got aggravated as hundreds of coconut trunks, uprooted in the recent Gaja cyclone, found their way into the waterbody which served as a dependable groundwater recharging resource and a source for irrigation. Annoyed by the current status of the waterbody clubbed with the water crisis gripping the region, a group of youngsters floated a forum named “the federation of tail end area farmers associations” to revive the tank.
Their proposal received positive response from the farmers and as well as youngsters in nearby Ponkadu, Mudapulikadu and Old Peravurani hamlets as they have not only came forward to extend financial support but also physical contribution for the public oriented task.
Thus, the youth have taken up strengthening of the bunds using earth moving equipment from Monday morning with the Ponkadu villagers coming forward to sponsor the first day’s expenses, sources said.
(source : The Hindu)