15 March 2007

Shenbagathoppu Dam

To add to the sad dislocation of the tribals of the area, now at a recent press meeting held at Tiruvannamalai, the ill-fated Shenbagathoppu Reservoir is being accused of financial irregularities.

The project was first drafted in 1996 with an estimated cost of Rs.21.31 crore (U.S.$4,819,222). But in 2001, the estimate was revised and fixed at Rs.34 crore (U.S.$7,689,045). The deadline was extended from 2004 to March 31, 2007. But as of this date approximately only 75% of the dam has been completed.

Approach roads remain to be laid and bunds in the dam need to be properly covered with cement lining instead of the current earth lining. It has been reported that norms have not been properly followed and houses constructed for those evacuated from the dam area, were substandard and unfit for living.


Divyakka said...

Sounds definitely like a woeful situation! :-(

Arunachala Living said...

Sadly the only people not making money are the tribals whose land has been appropriated for the building of the dam.

What to do? Its all a matter of the fall of the dice. For example, at Shenbagathoppu area, sorrow, BUT farmers in Tiruvannamalai are laughing now that their land is appreciating in value so quickly!