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Vaigai: from lofty heights to a dismal carrier of urban refuse


Downsized: The Kiruthumal was 21 metres wide at its origin and an average of 15 metres along the urban stretch till the 1970s. Now, it is between 10 metres and 3.66 metres, as seen off Bypass Road in Madurai.

When there is public demand to expedite schemes to link rivers, Madurai is guilty of neglecting one of the earliest river links in history. The legendary Vaigai had an equally important Kiruthumal running almost parallel to it. But today, the once perennial Vaigai is competing with the Kiruthumal in carrying urban refuse. From a river, the Kiruthumal has degenerated into ...


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