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PRO-ACTIVE APPROACH: Kotaiah talking to the MRO over phone at the instance of Joint Collector Siddhartha Jain in Ongole on Thursday. - Photo: Kommuri Srinivas
PRO-ACTIVE APPROACH: Kotaiah talking to the MRO over phone at the instance of Joint Collector Siddhartha Jain in Ongole on Thursday. - Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

Special Correspondent

Check-dam had led to submersion of his field

  • Joint Collector's initiative leaves Kotaiah jubilant
  • Official speaks to MRO, calls for field inspection

    ONGOLE: A farmer, who could not raise any crop on his land for the last 10 years due to submersion problem caused by faulty construction of a check-dam, has been going round offices seeking redress in vain. Officials have either been indifferent or hostile to his repeated representations.

    He was bewildered when Joint Collector Siddhartha Jain took pity, heard his problem patiently and plunged into action straight away on Thursday.

    Hard times

    Oleti Kotaiah, 70, of Thellabadu village in Maddipadu mandal was assigned 4.5 acres of government land years ago. He got a borewell drilled in his field and raised cotton and paddy crops.

    But his happiness was short lived. Officials constructed a check-dam across Neredu stream to impound surplus water flowing from tanks in upstream villages like Pallamalli.

    As the engineers constructed the dam exceeding the designed height of five feet, the dam submerged lands abutting it. The submersion of crops forced Mr. Kotaiah to give up cultivation in for the last 10 years.

    The check-dam did not help even the intended beneficiaries because it could not supply water to them for more than a month.

    Mr. Kotaiah has been going from pillar to post meeting revenue and irrigation officials who only blamed each other and never came up with any solution.

    Touching gesture

    When the hapless farmer represented his woes, Mr. Jain was touched.

    He called the Mandal Revenue Officer on telephone and asked Mr. Kotaiah to explain him his problem.

    Clearly not prepared for such an eventuality, Mr. Kotaiah took the telephone receiver into his shivering hands and spoke to the MRO.

    Mr. Jain then took the receiver and asked the MRO whether she understood the problem or not.

    Directive

    He directed her to immediately make a field inspection along with the complainant and send him a report by evening. He promised Mr. Kotaiah that he would solve his problem as early as possible.

    Mr. Kotaiah took some time to digest the events and returned home jubilant.


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