With more TN villages, crops going under water, CM visits affected areas

With more TN villages, crops going under water, CM visits affected areas

ore villages along the banks of the Cauvery in Tamil Nadu were inundated, standing crops submerged and the number of people in relief camps in Tamil Nadu crossed 13,000 as heavy inflows from Karnataka dams continued.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday visited the camps for flood-affected people in Bhavani and Kalingarayanpalayam and observed the flooded Bhavani and Cauvery rivers.

Having had his school and college education in Bhavani, Palaniswami said he could understand the problem facing the ‘confluence town’ very well.

He said the government would build check dams across the State over the next three years at an investment of Rs 1,000 crore. In the first phase, 62 such structures would be constructed at Rs 292 crore this year.

A committee, comprising retired chief engineers, has been formed to select the locations. It will submit its report in a few months, after which work will begin.

The dams, including Mettur and Bhavanisagar, have been discharging huge volumes of water in view of continuing high inflows from Karnataka reservoirs including Krishnarajasagar.

The discharge has resulted in inundation of a slew of villages and submergence of standing crops along the banks of Cauvery, (its tributary Bhavani in Erode) in several districts of Tamil Nadu.

As the affected families, who were living on the riverbanks, wanted houses, the government would construct multistorey buildings for them in other places. Crop damage would be assessed after the floods recede and relief provided to farmers.