Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has inaugurated irrigation infrastructure facilities set up at a cost of `49.99 crore by Public Works Department in 11 districts. The facilities in Dharmapuri, Tiruvallur, Vellore, Cuddalore, Virudhunagar, Sivaganga, Tiruvarur, Tiruchy, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Erode districts were inaugurated through the video conferencing facility at the Secretariat on Wednesday.
The facilities include a lake created at a cost of `14.15 crore near Mathalapallam river in Dharmapuri district that would help irrigate 1,400 acres of land.
A weir was also set up at Irulipattu village at a cost of `6.20 crore across Kosasthalai river in Tiruvallur district.
A syphon aqueduct with well set up at a cost of `1.40 crore near Sithamur village in Vellore district will help irrigate 207 acres of land besides augmenting drinking water supply in 20 villages.
A dam constructed at a cost of `5.50 crore in Cuddalore district would augment drinking water supply in five villages in Viruddhachalam taluk and irrigate 1,700 acres of lands.
Another dam built at a cost of `12.85 crore along the sub-basins of Gundaru, Kirudhumal and Paralaiyar rivers in Sivaganga district was inaugurated.
Apart from these, check dams and regulators have been constructed in the districts of Thanjavur, Coimbatore, Erode, Tiruchy, Virudhunagar and Tiruvarur.