Check dam across Vaigai river collapses

A check dam constructed across the Vaigai river at a cost of Rs 14 crore at Nandhi Valasai village in Ramanathapuram district collapsed following flood fury yesterday.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2011, 11:53 AM IST

Madurai: A check dam constructed across the
Vaigai river at a cost of Rs 14 crore at Nandhi Valasai
village in Ramanathapuram district collapsed following flood
fury yesterday, officials said.

Revenue officials who inspected the site, said construction
of the check dam began nine months ago with the objective of
augmenting drinking water supply, groundwater level and feeding
water for 52 small irrigation tanks.

Local people had objected to construction of the dam,
fearing they would get affected by floods during rainy season,
they said.

Collector Arun Roy had been informed about the check dam
collapse, said K Rathinam a local Congress leader.

Officials said the banks of the river are being
strengthened to prevent flooding of villages.

PTI