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Rs.9.2-crore scheme for improving T.S. Canal

Staff Reporter

1,600 families to be rehabilitated


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A Rs.9.21-crore scheme, to be implemented in three phases, has been chalked out for improving the 60.5-km Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam section of the T.S. canal for launching boat and cargo services.

Dredging, protecting the narrow section of waterway by stone pitching, vegetative bank protection, improving the tunnel portions with concrete lining, lighting, de-silting and fixing handrails, providing terminal facilities and wayside amenities and constructing road bridges at three locations across the canal between Kadinamkulam lake and Kozhithottam lake are the main works to be taken up as part of the project.

Project report

As per the project report prepared by the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (Natpac), the existing constraints are the roadblocks at three locations along Kadinamkulam lake and Kozhithottam lake and rehabilitation of 1,600 families settled on the sides of the canal in Varkala and further towards Paravur and Kollam.

Of the 60.5-km stretch, the section from Akkulam lake to Kadinamkulam lake is 11.5 km, Kadinamkulam lake to Kozhithottam lake 15.2 km, Kozhithottam lake to Nadayara lake 12.8 km, Nadayara lake to Paravur lake 8.3 km and from Paravur lake to Kollam is 12.7-km.

The improvement between Kozhithottam and Nadayara lakes has been proposed in the first phase, Akkulam and Kozhithottam lakes in the second and Nadayara lake and Kollam in the last phase.

"The first phase can be made navigable with least investment as there are no major constraints there," said T. Elangovan, director, Natpac.

The width of the canal proposed for operating boats of three to four metres is 10 to 12 metres. Dredging of the canal has been proposed at narrow sections to provide a uniform bed-width of 10 metres.

Bank protection is to be taken up along 54.55 km.

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