Chennai, Jan 13 (): Following the decision to construct memorial to the late British Engineer Col John Pennycuick last year, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is expected to inaugurate the memorial of the engineer who constructed the Mullaiperiyar Dam, at Theni on January 15 on Thiruvalluvar day.
The memorial has been built at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore on the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board premises situated in Lower Camp along the Theni-Kumuli National Highway, said sources.
The Southern districts of Theni, Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Dindugul and Sivaganga are some of the key districts that fulfil people’s requirements of food in the state which get maximum water for irrigation purpose from the Mullaiperiyar that was constructed by John Pennycuick in 1895, said an official release.
The release said the Southern districts of Theni, Dindugul, Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram plays an important role in fulfilling the food requirements of the people of the State.
Above all, the requirements of drinking water of these districts have been fulfilled after the construction of the dam to prevent rain waters from Western Ghats going waste into the sea through the Mullaiyaru and Periyaru rivers, said the release.
In an attempt to pay tribute to the late British Engineer and to express the appreciation of the people, Tamil Nadu chief Minister Jayalalithaa decided to construct the memorial of the British Engineer.
Jayalalithaa who has decided to launch the memorial on January 15 on Thiruvalluvar Day will also honour various Tamil scholars by rewarding the scholars with Rs one lakh cheque each, one sovereign gold medal as well as a memento, said the release.
In addition to this, the Chief Minister will also hand over Government Orders to those poor artistes during the event and will disclose details of the financial assistance they will be receiving through the scheme.