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Friday, January 1, 2021

Kannankottai-Therovy Kandigai reservoir to be declared open by Home Minister Mr Amit Shah

நீர்இன்று அமையாது உலகெனின் யார்யார்க்கும்

வான்இன்று அமையாது ஒழுக்கு

திருவள்ளுவர் வாக்கு: (அதிகாரம்:வான் சிறப்பு குறள் எண்:20)

'நீர்இன்று அமையாது உலகெனின்' என்ற பகுதிக்கு நீரின்றி இவ்வுலக அமைப்பு இல்லை அதாவது நீர் இல்லாமல் உலகம் இயங்காது என்பது பொருள். 'அந்நீரோ, வானில்லாமல் இல்லை' என்ற பொருளில் குறளின் இரண்டாவது பகுதி உள்ளது. அப்பகுதிக்கு 'மழையில்லாமல் நீர் கிடைக்காது என்றால், தண்ணீருக்காக ஆற்றில் அணைகட்டி வாய்க்கால் வெட்டினாலும் சரி, மலைகளைக் குடைந்தும், அணைகள் போட்டும், கிணறு வெட்டியும், ஊற்றுநீர் தேடினாலும் சரி, இன்னும் பலவழிகளில், யார்யார் எப்படி முயன்றாலும் மழையில்லாவிட்டால் நீர் கிடைக்காது' என நீராதாரங்களில் நீரின் வரத்து மழையில்லாமல் உண்டாகாது.  நீர் என்பதற்கு குணம் என்று பொருள் கண்டு 'உலக அமைதிக்கு நீர்மை அதாவது குணம் வேண்டும்; மாந்தர் ஒழுக்கத்துக்கு ஊற்றாக மழை அமையும்' என இக்குறட்பொருளை விளக்குவார் திரு வி கல்யாணசுந்தரனார்.


Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It provides suitable conditions for many types of ecosystems, as well as water for hydroelectric power plants and crop irrigation.

Chennai has no perennial rivers and every year the water crisis looms large over its residents.  After long  nervous and excruciating wait for rains – this season  Nature decided to bless Chennai with good  of rains.  It has rained well .. .. and people are now happy.  The catchment areas of Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam reservoirs received good rain in the past few days and the water storage levels are increasing rapidly. This means good tidings for the city’s core area residents as Metrowater may continue supply of piped water for another six months without exhausting its resources.. Chennai has fresh water reservoirs/lakes namely Poondi, Sholavaram, Red Hills, Chembarambakkam and Veeranam cater the daily needs of water for people of Chennai.

We have not heard of this small village in Thiruvallur district – “Thervaay Kandigai”   considered as the second largest village in Thiruvallur district and it is also considered that the village has more graduates than any other villages in Thiruvallur district. The village is about 50 km North of Chennai.  Michelin has built a tyre factory in Thervaay Kandigai.  A Thervaay Kandigai Industrial Park too  exists.

In Tamil Nadu after the hate speeches, Vel Yatra has generated great interest and the entourage of BJP President has seen massive crowds.    Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP &  the entire state machinery is gearing up to welcome Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah to Chennai today. During his visit, he is expected to inaugurate a few infrastructure projects in Tamil Nadu, including laying the foundation stones for the Phase 2 of Chennai Metro Rail and a flyover on Coimbatore-Avinashi road.  More importantly, Mr Amit Shah will also declare a new reservoir open in the outskirts of Chennai on Saturday. This reservoir, in Thervoy Kandigai,  will supply water exclusively for the needs of the residents of Chennai. This will  be the fifth major reservoir in the outskirts of Chennai, after Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembarambakkam.

The Thervoy Kandigai reservoir has been constructed at a cost of Rs 380 crore and around 1,485 acres of land was acquired by the government for this project. The project was launched in 2013 and combines two lakes, Thervoy Kandigai and Kannankottai, in Thiruvallur district.      The project came to a standstill within a year of its launch due to land acquisition problems. The work resumed in 2018 and was expected to be completed in a year.  

The reservoir will serve the drinking water needs of the residents of Chennai and will store water from river Krishna. The reservoir will receive Krishna water from a 8.6 km-long canal that will draw water from the Kandaleru-Poondi canal. Thervoy Kandigai reservoir will have a storage capacity of 1 tmcft of water, when filled twice a year. It will be able to supply 66 million litres a day (MLD) of water to Chennai city. With this reservoir, the combined capacity of all the five reservoirs in the outskirts of Chennai will be at 11.75 tmcft. 

With the commissioning of the Kannankottai-Therovy Kandigai reservoir on Saturday, Chennai will get a dedicated reservoir for drinking water supply after a gap of 76 years.  The Satyamurti Sagar at Poondi, built across the Kosasthalaiyar during 1940-44 at a cost of Rs.65 lakh, had the distinction of being the only storage point formed for water supply to the city. It was named after Chennai Mayor S. Satyamurti (1939-40) in recognition of his efforts to get the dam project implemented amid the Second World War. On June 14, 1944, the then Governor of Madras Presidency, Arthur Hope, declared open the reservoir.

Located about 50 km from Chennai, the Kannankottai-Thervoy Kandigai reservoir, costing Rs.380 crore, will store the Krishna water. This has been made possible through an 8.6-km link canal, which will take off from the Kandaleru-Poondi canal.   Through two fillings, the new facility can store 1 thousand million cubic feet (tmc ft) in a year. It will facilitate the supply of 66 million litres a day (MLD) to the city. The reservoir will also supply water for irrigating 700 acres, according to an official release.

Good news for Chennai and Tamil Nadu ..  #TNWelcomesAmitShah

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
Pic credit : twitter. 

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