The Command Area Development Authority (CADA) of the Cauvery Basin has created irrigation potential for 5.5 lakh hectares of land under its purview in eight districts of the State, CADA chairman D. Ramalingaiah said here on Friday.

He was speaking to presspersons after completing his one-year of term in office.

The target in terms of achcut areas stood at 6.35 lakh hectares in Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Mandya, Kodagu, Hassan, Tumkur, Bangalore (Rural) and Ramnagaram districts. The rest of the area could not be covered since “crop violations” had taken place where much of the water had been used by depriving the tail-end users, Mr. Ramalingaiah said.

For instance, against the stipulation of 38 per cent paddy and sugarcane cultivation in the KRS achkut region, farmers had covered up to 89 per cent. The situation was similar in the Harangi region as well, he said.

Mr. Ramalingaiah said that the Hemavathy and the Kabini were the other two achkut regions under the CADA. He, however, ruled out taking action against farmers for violation of crop cultivation, saying “we are trying to convince the farmers on judicious use of water”.

To a question, he said that 627 water users cooperative societies had registered with the CADA of which 323 had signed a memorandum of understanding. Again, of this, 180 societies had been provided Rs. 6.06 crore, which is being utilised for training farmers in water usage, conducting study tours and district-level workshops, he said.

The CADA had set a target of registering over 7,000 farmers belonging to SCs and STs groups this year as members of the water users cooperative societies, he said.