Irrigation water crisis dominates grievance meet

Trichy: The ongoing irrigation water crisis in Trichy and the delta region reverberated at the monthly grievance day meeting chaired by district collector M Pradeep Kumar here on Friday. Tamil Nadu tank and river irrigation farmers association expressed grave concern at the govt’s inability to procure irrigation water from Karnataka for the previous as well as current year thus far.Association state president P Viswanathan said that more than 12 lakh acre in the state was left uncultivated. “In Trichy, the farmers could not cultivate on 1.42 lakh acre due to unavailability of water. The chief minister should obtain water at least for samba cultivation,” he said. The state missed the customary release of irrigation water from Mettur dam on June 12, shattering hopes of farmers for kuruvai and samba cultivation.Deputy secretary ‘Kavundampatti’ R Subramanian of Cauvery Delta farmers welfare association said Cauvery water irrigates 2.1 lakh acre in Karur and Trichy. Hence, farmers in these districts had no alternative to obtain water for the past two years, he said. “Three-phase supply for agriculture should be provided uninterrupted so that farmers can mitigate the damage caused by water scarcity in Cauvery river,” said state spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Sangam N Veerasekaran. The farmers urged Tamil Nadu govt to take serious measures to halt the construction of Mekedatu dam.Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam district secretary Ayilai S Sivasurian resented the manner in which Tamil Nadu officers were being treated at Cauvery water management authority (CWMA) meeting. “Instead of being fully dependent on the water from Karnataka, the Tamil Nadu govt should prepare a blueprint for construction of check dams, bed dams and barrages across the main rivers to augment groundwater,” he added.

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