CM visits Mukkombu, announces new regulator shutters

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has announced that new regulator shutters will be fixed at Mukkombu (Upper Anaicut) at a cost of Rs 325 crore.

He was speaking to mediapersons after inspecting the broken shutters and pillars at Mukkombu in Tiruchi this morning.

He said due to the heavy discharge and pressure of water in the Cauvery, the shutters from 6 to 14 were washed away on two consecutive days. The dam has 45 shutters.

The Chief Minister, accompanied by ministers Duraikannu, Kamaraj, and Vellamandi Natarajan,  and Valarmathi, said immediate repair work on the nine broken shutters would be completed in four days.

He added that the new regulator shutters would be fixed in 15 months’ time.

Palaniswami also categorically stated that sand quarrying did not cause the collapse of the shutters at Mukkombu as the quarrying is done far away from the site.

He termed the shutters being washed away in Mukkombu as an accident.

Turning to Kollidam, he said regulator shutters would be constructed on its northern part at Ayyanvaikkal at a cost of Rs 85 crore.