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NRBC 9-A canal breach: KBJNL MD asked to pay compensation to farmers

Deputy Commissioner of Raichur, Sasikanth S. Senthil

Deputy Commissioner of Raichur, Sasikanth S. Senthil.   | Photo Credit: SANTOSH SAGAR

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Deputy Commissioner of Raichur, Sasikanth S. Senthil has asked the Managing Director of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited (KBJNL) to pay compensation to the farmers whose standing crops were destroyed owing to the recent breach in 9-A Distributary of Narayanpur Right Bank Canal (NRBC) near Somanamaradi village in Deodurg taluk.

Speaking to The Hindu on Thursday, the officer said that KBJNL had to be held responsible for the canal breach.

“It is not a natural calamity to pay compensation from district administration. It is a departmental work by KBJNL and KBJNL will have to be held responsible for any damage caused by it. I have already asked its MD to pay compensation for the farmers who suffered losses due to the breach of 9-A distributary,” he said.

The Deputy Commissioner also said that he had asked the Executive Engineer to study the cause of breach and submit a detailed report to him. “The report is expected to be submitted within a day or two. If the cause of sub-standard work is technically established in the report, criminal case would be filed to against the contractor,” he added.

Based on Raichur tahashildar’s field report on the destruction of standing crops due to the canal breach, Raichur Assistant Commissioner, M.P. Maruthi has submitted a report to the Deputy Commissioner on Tuesday.

The report said that standing crops on 344 acres that belonged to 320 farmers from Somanamaradi, Bhogiramanagunda, Nagalapur and Bommanahalli villages in Deodurg taluk. The total crop loss has been estimated to be Rs. 94,89,861. According to the report, Somanamaradi village was worst hit with the loss of Rs. 79,34,293 worth standing crops on 288 acres that belong to 290 farmers.

9-A Distributory Canal of NRBC which was ready for inauguration breached at wee hours on December 2 when the officials of KBJNL released water into it for trial. Standing crops, mostly paddy, on over 300 acres have been washed away in the current. The accumulation mud and other waste material in the downstream disrupting water flow was believed to have breached canal’s weak embankment.

The breach before the inauguration had raised questions over the quality of work. The project was aimed at providing lasting solution to drinking water crisis in the villages of backward Devadurg and Manvi taluks, apart from irrigating 15,250 hectares of agriculture lands.

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Printable version | Jun 22, 2018 9:10:08 PM | http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/nrbc-9a-canal-breach-kbjnl-md-asked-to-pay-compensation-to-farmers/article6683012.ece