: The dharna staged by farmers demanding water to save standing crops in the command area served by the low-level canal (LLC) of the Tungabhadra reservoir, entered the second day here on Tuesday.

M.S. Somalingappa, Siruguppa MLA, who led the protest, told The Hindu that he had spoken to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, drawing his attention to the plight of farmers as water from the canal was not reaching the fields, and urged him to initiate steps to prevail upon the Andhra Pradesh government to place its indent to draw water from the canal.

The farmers of Bellary district, served by the LLC, are unable to water their fields because the water in the canal is flowing below the distributory point, as the Andhra Pradesh government said it would not draw its share of water now.

Farmers in Karnataka would get water only if Andhra Pradesh’s share is also released. As against the normal discharge of 1,100 cusecs, the release has been about 550, as Andhra Pradesh has withdrawn its indent.

Mohan Kumar, a farmer who led the dharna, criticised Andhra Pradesh’s action. “It cannot withdraw its indent after the Irrigation Consultative Committee (ICC) decided to release water. With Andhra withdrawing its indent, farmers of Bellary district are deprived of their share of water, even after it is released into the canal,” he said.

  • There is not enough water in low-level canal to irrigate fields

  • They will get water only if Andhra Pradesh’s share is also released