Water-release schedule revised after farmers protested
The Irrigation Consultative Committee of Bhadra Command Area Development Authority (CADA) has revised the schedule for release of water from Bhadra reservoir to the canals.
According to the revised schedule, the flow of water which commenced on July 20 will continue till September 17.
In wake of the poor rain in the catchment area of Bhadra reservoir in June and July this year, it was decided to release water from July 20 to August 18 in the first phase, from August 29 to September 17 in second phase, from September 28 to October 17 in the third phase, and from October 28 to November 16 in the fourth phase.
The committee has now revised the schedule after being pressured by farmers in the tail-end region of Bhadra command area.
B.N. Phaniraj, Superintendent Engineer of Bhadra CADA, told The Hindu that according to the revised schedule, the water will be released for 60 days in the first phase.
The committee will meet again in Davangere on September 15 to decide the schedule for release of water in the next phase, he said.
The farmers in Davangere, Honnali, Harihar taluks — which form tail-end region of Bhadra command area — had expressed displeasure against the earlier schedule.
They had said there was delay in water reaching their region, affecting their farming. During the meeting of the committee held at the office of Bhadra CADA in Malavagoppa on August 17, the elected representatives from the tail-end region had demanded continuation of the flow of water till September 17.
Mr. Phaniraj said that considering the problems faced by farmers in the tail-end region, it was decided to revise the schedule.
He said that the reservoir has 48.27 tmcft of water. With the present storage, it is possible to provide water for 94 days to the kharif crop, he said.
In the wake of the poor water storage in the reservoir in the early part of the monsoon, the committee had urged farmers to cultivate crops such as ragi, jowar, and pulses, which require less water.
Mr. Phaniraj said that as the water storage in the reservoir improved in August, farmers cultivated paddy.