Farmers call off protest

Staff Correspondent
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Assistant Commissioner promises to address their problems

Sashikant Senthil (right), Assistant Commissioner, speaking to protesting farmers in Bellary on Saturday.
Sashikant Senthil (right), Assistant Commissioner, speaking to protesting farmers in Bellary on Saturday.

Following an assurance from Assistant Commissioner Sashikant Senthil, farmers from Kallukhamba, Kerekere, Lakshmipur, Srinivas camp and surrounding areas on Saturday withdrew their fast, which they had launched three days ago outside the subdivision office of the Department of Irrigation at Kurgodu, 30 km from Bellary, demanding water for cultivation,

G. Kasheppa, K. Devaraj and Thimmanagouda, whose condition had deteriorated, were administered saline drips at the venue.

The farmers had complained that the land irrigated by the low-level sub-canal, popularly known as Sugur canal, was not getting adequate water. This was mainly due to unauthorised drawal of water in the upper reaches and siphoning of water by some using pumps.

“We have been facing this problem every year. As against the allocated 60 cusecs, the average discharge into the sub-canal is about 30 cusecs. This year, because of failure of rain, there was a delay in releasing water into canals, which has affected agricultural operations. The unauthorised drawal has compounded our problems. Our plea to the authorities to initiate action against the guilty has fallen on deaf ears,” the protesters said.

Mr. Senthil said that he would launch a joint operation to curb unauthorised drawal of water and initiate action against the guilty. “Apart from rotating the staff of the Irrigation Department, we will launch a joint operation along the canal to prevent unauthorised drawal of water. In addition, we will start booking cases against those responsible. Vigil along the canal will be stepped up,” he said.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Bellary Rural) Rudramuni, tahsildar Sashidhar Bagali, and officials from the Irrigation Department were present.

  • ‘Only about 30 cusecs of the allocated 60 cusecs of water released into sub-canal every year’

  • ‘This year, because of failure of rains, there was delay in releasing water into canals’




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