Belgaum: Delay in implementation of development schemes and projects slows down economic progress in general. Thus, at a time when the agriculture sector is passing through a critical phase any delay in implementation of irrigation projects was neither in the interest of farmers nor the country, said R.R. Patil, president of Shree Veerabhadreshwar Lift Irrigation Project Horata Samiti.
Deploring the lack of concern and negligence towards irrigational and drinking water needs of 22 villages of Ramdurg and Savadatti taluk in the district here on Friday, samiti secretary B.M. Malali said the Government had failed to respond to the nearly 30-year-old people’s struggle demanding lift irrigation scheme to irrigate 44,000 acres of agricultural land and also to meet the drinking water requirements of nearly 50,000 people in 10 villages of Ramdurg taluk and 12 villages of Savadatti taluk.
It may be recalled that the Government proposed to take up the scheme last month. A general estimate for Rs. 272 crore has been prepared.
He said the villagers, based on their experience, had proposed a simpler and economical scheme, which included laying of pipeline for only 6 km from the site of the scheme and construction of canals/distributaries beyond for cost of Rs. 141 crore in 2003.
However, Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited has decided to lay pipeline over a stretch of 32 km taking the cost to Rs. 272 crore.
Yet, what the villagers want is that the Government should not waste time hereafter and start the work at the earliest, Mr. Patil said.