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Oct 27, 2009

Improve condition of Valankulam Tank, Siruthuli appeals to Stalin

Siruthuli, the public initiative to conserve water bodies in and around the city, has appealed to Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin for measures to improve the condition of Valankulam Tank, a major water body in the city.

Anguished over the lack of flow of water to the tank despite heavy rain during the South West Monsoon, Siruthuli has sought to bring to the Deputy Chief Minister’s notice the condition of the tank. Mr. Stalin is scheduled to visit the city on October 27.In a statement released to the press on Monday, Siruthuli described Valankulam as the Pearl of Coimbatore.

It was a strategically located tank situated in south zone of the city with the southern bund connecting Tiruchi Road in Sungam with Palakkad and Pollachi Road in the Ukkadam region.The Big Tank at Ukkadam and the rainwater from the city were the principal sources of water for this tank. There was rampant and indiscriminate dumping of building debris and garbage on the bunds and also into the tanks. This affected afforestation activities also.

Though the South-West Monsoon this year filled all the tanks in the city, not even a drop reached Valankulam. The connecting canal from Coimbatore Anaicut to Big Tank was being used as sewage outlet instead of carrying river water to the tank.Hence, the sluice was not being opened for the last three years even though there was heavy flow in the river. The sluice was close because of complaints of flooding of the LIC colony at Selvapuram area where the sewage inlets were directly connected to the canal.

With the intervention of Collector P. Umanath, debris that choked the canal between the Big Tank and the Valankulam, were removed. Because of this, water had recently started flowing into Valankulam.

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