The water released from Mettur Dam on May 24 and the water having reached the Cauvery delta districts, the Chief Minister M.K Stalin visited Thanjavur on Monday evening on a two day visit and reviewed the repair works of the cannals at an outlay of Rs. 80 crore.
The works are progressing in six districts including Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Mayladuthurai, Thiruvarur districts. The Chief Minister visited a work site in Kokkeri village in Thanjavur district and interacted with farmers. Later he went to Nagapattinam and stayed in Velankanni.
On the second day of his tour today the Chief Minister reviews progress of channel works in 7 places in 4 districts. He visited Kalar basin resulting work at Karuvelankadai. He sought details of work completion from officials and saw a photo exhibition of the channel repair works. Thirty works are being undertaken at an outlay of Rs. 3.46 crore and the Collector Arun Thamburaj explained the completed parts of the works.
He later reviewed the gallery display of paddy seeds, pesticides, saplings etc. On behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers' welfare the Chief Minister gave away power tillers, coconut saplings, urad dhal seeds etc.Farmers told the Chief Minister that Nagapattinam being a tail end area adequate quantum of water must be released from Vennaru, Cauvery and Kollidam rivers. Stalin ordered immediate action when a fishermen wanted help as his boat had burnt in fire. He also interacted with children among the crowd and advised them to study well.At 10.00 am he visited farms in Anandamangalam village in Mayiladuthurai District and saw the fileds where direct sowing of paddy has been done. He interacted with farmers and inquired about crop production details.After visiting the paddy seed farm, he reviewed the 5.60 km long Ramachandran channel which is being desilted at a cost of Rs. 5.65 lakhs.
In Mayladuthurai District 49 channel works over a length of 862.25 kms at a cost of Rs.8.70 crore has been undertaken. Farmers said they will be able to take up Kuruvai crops over an area of 350 acre. Stalin met the farmers and received petitions from them. Following this he reviewed paddy sown fields in Thilaiadi Arumbakkam area in Nalladai area. Interacting with farmers here he told them to undertake Kuruvai cultivation with confidence and enthusiasm as efforts have been taken to ensure that water reached tail end areas. More than 4000 police were posted for security of the Chief Minister.