Tiruchirapalli, Sep 30 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has said the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 207 crore for strengthening the bunds of the Cauvery and Coleroon rivers in Tiruchi, Karur and Perambalur districts.
Laying the foundation stone for Rs 144 crore drinking water supply augmentation scheme of the Tiruchirapalli Corporation here last night, Mr Karunanidhi said the proposal was drawn up in the wake of frequent floods in the region during monsoon and the Government had sought financial assistance from the NABARD.
The Chief Minister also pointed out that apart from this, the Government had sanctioned Rs 87 crore for implementing a flood prevention scheme in the Uyyakondan and Kudamuritti rivers in Tiruchi city.
Distributing various welfare measures and inaugurating several new schemes, Mr Karunanidhi recalled that he had announced a flood prevention project for the city at a cost of Rs 50 crore after visiting the flood-affected areas during his previous regime. But the project failed to take off as the DMK was voted out of power, he added.
He said, ''We have now revived the project and the Government order was issued on September 27''.
The Chief Minister said the Government was keen on providing urban amenities in rural areas also. Several projects including improvement to tanks and water sources were being implemented under the Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam and Perooratchi Anna Marumalarchi Thittam, he added.