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Tamil Nadu’s Uthukuli Pond floods for the first time in 52 years

In Tiruppur district, a 36-acre pond in Uthukuli, near Kunnathur, filled with rainfall 52 years later. District Collector T Christuraj and revenue officers inspected the pond on Tuesday morning as a result of this.

 

An official statement said that heavy rain has been falling in several sections of Tiruppur for the previous few days. There has been 118.70 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Just the Avinashi Taluk contributed 24 mm, while Uthukuli recorded 13 mm. According to the rainfall and water flow, the Kurichi Pond had the most water flow in its history.

“This is a large pond spreading over 36 acres located along Gobichettipalayam Road near Kunnathur,” Kurichi Milk Producers Cooperative Society Secretary K Vijaya Kumar said in an interview with TNIE. Small ponds’ streams link it together. Due to the intense rain that fell during the previous two days, all minor ponds were filled. Water from catchment regions and excess water spilled, increasing the flow into the pond. The outcome was that the pond filled up completely and the water began to overflow. Many said that 1972 was the last time the pond overflowed. We lighted a candle and performed puja on Monday night because we thought it was auspicious.

Every several years, rainwater would fill the pond, according to Kurichi Panchayat President K Balan. The pond was almost full ten years ago, but several parts remained unfilled. I don’t remember ever seeing the pond full up with the water overflowing before. The sixteen little communities that around the pond will, in my opinion, raise the ground water table, which may improve irrigation in the vicinity of the pond and other places.

“The pond doesn’t come under the control of PWD department; its jurisdiction falls within Village Panchayat,” a district administration official said. According to agriculture authorities, there is less rain in Kunnathur and Uthukuli. According to local tax authorities, the pond took fifty years to fill entirely. However, we have confirmation from the old farmers and revenue authorities that the pond was filled after a more than fifty-year lapse. This led to T Christuraj, the district collector of Tiruppur, and revenue authorities visiting the area early in the morning.

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