Upset over the alleged apathy by officials in repairing distributaries of the Hemavathi Left Bank Canal near their villages, a large number of farmers repaired a canal through ‘shramadaan’ in K.R. Pet.
The residents of Agasarahalli near Bookana Kere in K.R. Pet taluk undertook the repair works on their own on Tuesday morning and completed it by Wednesday.
More than 50 villagers, equipped with crowbars and shovels, participated in the 48-hour shramadaan drive and cleaned the distributary of the Hemavathi canal for a distance of 2 km on Wednesday evening.
The distributary canal, which the farmers repaired, had been supplying water to hundreds of hectares of agricultural land in the surroundings of Agasarahalli, Rangegowdana Koppalu, Bommegowdana Koppalu and Moduru villages in K.R. Pet taluk. However, the water flow was stopped a few years ago because of the poor maintenance of the distributaries of the Hemavathi canal, said Girish of Agasarahalli, one of the volunteers.
Farmers in these villages were reeling under severe drought for the past two years. They had been requesting the officials of departments concerned to repair the distributaries of the Hemavathi in this region. However, no action was taken, he alleged.
The farmers cleaned a stretch of the canal and removed several truckloads of shrubs and weeds. They also repaired the breaches at several places along the stretch.