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Project Siruthuli bid to revive Noyyal river in TN

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Coimbatore , Aug. 6

`PROJECT Siruthuli'- a public initiative mooted by certain corporate houses in the city for restoration of water tanks, streams and water supply channels, has estimated the cost for restoration of the Noyyal River at Rs 5 crore.

The Noyyal is the primary source of water for this city. But years of misuse and neglect had only resulted in the river being choked, encroached and polluted, but has led to a crisis-like situation. The polluted rivulets struggle and push its way amidst effluents and toxins. Dumping of garbage has also played a major role in obstructing the flow.

Project Siruthuli envisages tracing of the river and rejuvenation of its original path. Briefing presspersons, the Managing Trustee of the project, Ms Vanitha Mohan, pointed out that this was a joint endeavour of both the State Government and Siruthuli, and proposed to be done in three phases. The first phase of restoration would focus on a 40-km stretch beginning with its (the river) origin in the Western Ghats up to the Singanallur tank, she said and sought public participation in this project.

The budgeted estimate for rejuvenating the Noyyal, which has not been reclassified as a `river', but considered a `wild stream' indicate that the repairs and desilting of the 34 supply channels would work out to Rs 0.75 crore and a similar sum would have to be incurred for desilting the supply channels for a 50 km distance. Besides this, an amount of Rs 0.50 crore towards restoration of streams and tributaries from the foothill up to Singanallur tank and Rs.1.50 crore on river-lining, de-weeding, route cleaning, jungle clearance and strengthening of banks would have to be incurred.

In the first phase, repairs and standardisation of 18 tanks is expected to be taken up and the estimated cost has been put at Rs 1.50 crore.

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