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Published on : Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The Ponnaniyar Dam area and its tourism possibility close to Manapparai in the district have not been fully exploited. Even though in recent times, few endeavors were initiated by the Tourism Department to make the dam area into an eye-catching tourism attraction. However, most of the tourism infrastructure including the boats, a canteen and street lights, is yet to be restored.
The dam is situated between Perumal Malai and Semmalai in the hilly region of Kadavur of Karur district. It was revamped under the World Bank-funded ‘Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project’ at an estimate of ₹2.50 crores respectively.
This one-year project targeted to make the life of the dam and its structures bigger. It was completed in February of this year. Whereas the dam and its catchment area are situated in Karur district, the ayacut area of the dam is spread over Mugavanur panchayat and neighbouring villages in Tiruchi district respectively. The dam is spread across 2,100 acres, which majorly comprise dry land. It was constructed in 1974 and storm water from the Kadavur region is the principal source of it. The catchment area is spread across 33.60 square miles. The dam is 51 meters tall and has storage capacity of 120 million cubic feet (mcft). On Monday, the level stood at 27.11 feet.
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