VELLORE: The Rotary Club of Gudiyattam has urged Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to take immediate steps to divert discharge from the Mordhana reservoir to the Seruvangi tank, instead of letting it flow into the Koundanya river.
In a memorandum, the club’s president, JKN Palani, said that the supply channel from the river to the 400 acre Seruvangi tank was saturated with silt due to years of disuse and lack of rains. However, in the past few days, Gudiyattam region had received copious rains.
Pointing out that the rainwater from the forests in the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh were flowing into the Mordhana reservoir, he said that the excess discharge from the reservoir was being discharged into the Koundanya river. Rotary Club president said that members of the club had been volunteering to help the Gudiyattam municipal officials in clearing the silt from four-km-long supply channel and had even arranged for an earthmover to expedite the process.
Though the efforts had yielded the desired results, the Rotary Club urged the Chief Minister to expedite the works by allotting additional machinery and manpower before the discharge from the reservoir stopped.
Relying on statistics to buttress his point, he said, “Once the water is diverted to the tank and it attains its full capacity of 102 million cu-feet, it would benefit around 10,000 acres farmland in the region. The tank would also help augment the groundwater table in the town to a great extent.”