Water, the elixir of life, is becoming scarce and is depliting day by day. Whilst the earth is covered 3/4th with water, the reality is that only less than 1.5% of this quantum is potable(can be used for drinking). Hence it is imperative that we conserve and harness every drop of water that the Mother Nature has bestowed on us.
It is with this objective that the Nandangarai check dam was concieved and fabricated by Siruthuli under the “Namakku Naame Thittam”, in association with the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA).
Nandangarai is a perennial stream flowing near Kalkothi Tribal Hamlet. It originates from the South West of the Western Ghats and flows down for about 3 kms through densely covered forest and 2 kms down adjoining the eastern forest boundary to join Chinnar river. It is about 33 kms from the city of Coimbatore and 2 kms further from Karunya University. From Siruvani Main Road, it travels 1km towards south-west of Nellur Vayal and reaches the Nandangarai check dam site.
The project also helps avoid man-animal conflict as it serves as a water hole for wild animals in the reserved forests, like Elephants, Leopards, Bears, Deer, Wolves, Rabbits, Wild boars, Peacocks, Parrots, and other species like the Mainah, Cowdari, Kaattukozhi, Udumbu etc.
Apart from this, it also serves the rich heritage of greenery comprising various species of rare trees. Teak, White Teak, Eetti, Sandal Wood, Bamboo, Veettimaram, Eechal, Purasai, Masavembu, Arappu, Thoonguvaagai, Karuvaagai, Karingali, Pillamaruthu, Danimaram, Vengai, and Pasangani are a few trees in the vicinity.