The filling of breaches will help paddy fields receive water
The Krishna-Eluru canal is recovering fast from the ‘wounds’ caused by flashfloods in the Tammileru. Artificial breaches were recently made to the canal at Vatluru on the city outskirts and the escapes at east and west locks to save the city from floods in the Tammileru. The Tammileru river intersects the Krishna-Eluru canal at the west and east locks where escapes were provided to let out excess floodwaters. The canal bore the brunt of the floodwaters which entered through the escapes from the river. The breach at Vatluru was made by local people to save their fields from submergence caused by backwaters of the Tammileru from the escapes at the west locks.
Hectic activity was apace at the points where the canal suffered breaches with a large number of workers working overtime to fill the breaches with sand bags and gravel on a war-footing for the last few days. According to Tirumala Rao, Divisional Engineer, the Irrigation Department, the canal was getting back to its original position with the filling work came to a close on Saturday so as to provide last wetting for the paddy fields downstream.
The farm fields and people from Madepalligudem, Jalipudi, Chataparru, Denduluru, Satyanarayanapuram and Komirepalli under the canal ayacut felt the pinch of the breaches made to it at west and east locks with inundation of several habitations and a vast extent of farm fields with the Tammileru floodwaters. However, the floods in the Tammileru came as a blessing in disguise for the paddy fields in these areas as their fields were receiving last round of wetting with the surplus waters in the Tammileru all these days. “We would have been under a lot of pressure from farmers for water from the canal by this time but for the Tammileru surplus waters. We are a relieved lot as of now”, says Mr. Tirumala Rao. The filling of breaches to the canal helps paddy fields receive water and get ready for harvesting by the end of November.