Low-lying Woraiyur to get cement roads
Trichy: Minister for municipal administration, urban and water supply K N Nehru on Saturday said Trichy corporation has been instructed to construct cement concrete roads with drain network at a cost of Rs 18.50 crores in low-lying areas of Woraiyur as a permanent solution to overcome flooding. The roads will materialise even if the project cost exceeds the estimate, he said.
“Thyagaraja Nagar, Beschi Nagar and AUT colony in Woraiyur are frequently facing waterlogging due to rain and overflowing rivers. We will mobilise motor pumps permanently to drain the stagnant water from the vulnerable spots whenever required,” Nehru said while visiting the waterlogged areas. New cement concrete roads are planned only in areas which saw chronic water stagnation in the recent flood whereas in other areas drain networks alone are planned. The minister added that stormwater drains will be constructed on both sides of the road to prevent inundation in Arulmigu Vekkaliamman temple and adjoining residential areas bordering Kudamurutti river that carries surplus rainwater from Pudukottai and Dindigul districts to the Cauvery.
“No new roads or drains were constructed in Woraiyur in recent years. The roads remaining now were laid during the previous DMK government’s tenure,” he added. He also distributed solatium of Rs 4 lakh from the state disaster response fund to the family of R Krishnan who drowned in the stagnant water near Paramahamsa Nagar a few days ago. The minister said that the district administration has initiated a damage assessment survey to estimate crop loss in shallot, cotton and maize cultivations in Lalgudi, Manachanallur, Musiri and Thuraiyur administrative blocks.
Compensation for crop loss due to rain will be disbursed to the affected farmers as early as possible. Later, the minister inaugurated the revenue department’s native tree plantation drive in Thirumanamedu village near Lalgudi.