The Kerala government would immediately implement a Rs 125 crore project to renovate 418 of 436 minor irrigation projects, which have remained unused and ineffective, Water Resources Minister, N K Premachandran, said.
Speaking to reporters after meeting farmers' organisations and representatives, he said the projects, which have received technical sanction, would commence in June and be commissioned in September.
Most of the projects are 50 to 60 years old and the electric wiring were in a dilapidated condition, he said.
Another project to renovate check dams and regulatory cum bridges at a cost of Rs 127 crore would be implemented.
To a query, he expressed the hope that the Tamil Nadu government would nominate its representative to the Supreme Court constituted committee on the Mullaperiyar dam issue.