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CM urged to initiate LBP canal  modernization work from May 2023

CM urged to initiate LBP canal modernization work from May 2023

Keezhbavani turn irrigation farmers federation and Keezhbavani ayacut irrigation ryots association appealed to the CM to initiate the long pending Keezhbavani canal ( Lower Bhavani Project-LBP) modernization project from May 2023 as per the GO 276, 9.11.2020.

In the ayacut ryots conference, held at Sivagiri  on Sunday, the coordinators of the federation Kasiyanna Goundar, S Periyasamy, KV Ponnaiyan,  M Subbu, Ramasamy and Arachalur Selvam said the project was created after a deep study on over 65 year old earthen canal by Mohanakrishnan Committee, following seepages in the canal rose from the permissible limit of 600 cusecs, out of 2300 cusecs released in the canal from the LBP dam, to 900 cusecs. 

It hit the water supply in the tail end area. So, the then CM Karunanidhi issued a GO 215, 19.7.2010 to carry out the committee's report to carry out modernization project. The successive Jayalalithaa rule endorsed the project and the successive EPS rule issued GO  276, 9.11.2020 allotting Rs 710 cr for the project. 

The PM and EPS inaugurated the project on 21.2.2021. The present water resources minister Duraimurugan assured to carry out the project in the Assembly itself in 2021 and 2022.
But, unfortunately, the non ayacut ryots who use water illegally, spread many misinformations about the project like entire canal would be concretised,  drinking water scarcity would arise, 4 lakh trees would be removed etc and blocked the project work by approaching green tribunal. 


But, the water resources principal secretary clarified that the LBP canal is an irrigation project and not drinking water project. Already, many drinking water projects based on Cauvery and Bhavani were existed. So, the drinking water scarcity would not arise. Just 14158 trees would be removed. The weak points of the bunds would alone be concretised to reduce the seepage below 600 cusecs. So, there is no truth in the views of those who are opposing the project. 

Already, adequate water was not released for ryots due to high seepages and water theft. 
So, the project is must to protect the ayacut, canal, irrigation prospects in the long run, include 25000 acre (Dharapuram Cut) and 17000 acre in 34 water harnessing projects project in the ayacut, they pleaded.