The Department of Water Resources will be equipped to respond further to the agricultural sector, said Minister of Water Resources Roshy Augustine.
By recently launching the work of the Poolakkadavu bridge regulator here, the minister stressed that young people were starting to farm during the pandemic and that arid lands were being used. Therefore, the department will prioritize efforts to strengthen the sector.
The minister said the Poolakkadavu project would serve several purposes. In addition to ensuring the supply of drinking water and enriching the agricultural sector, the project will add to the natural beauty of the region and support the development of tourism, he said, adding that the department is striving to introduce irrigation tourism.
The Poolakkadavu project will link Parambil Bazar in Kuruvattur grama panchayat with Poolakkadavu in the Kozhikode Corporation. The government secured 25.10 crore from the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) for the project.
Uralungal Labor Contract Co-operative Society (ULCCS) will complete the work in 18 months. The bridge will be 54 meters long in four 12-meter spans, access roads on both sides and walkways. There will be four fully electric shutters. A generator installation will be attached. The dam will be able to store water up to three meters.