Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: Officials of the district administration, including those from the Irrigation Department and police personnel, who launched an operation on Thursday to remove illegal pump sets installed upstream along the Bhadra canals, managed to remove four of the estimated 8,000 of these sets.

The operation had followed protests by farmers living in the tail-end regions of the Bhadra canals, who had alleged that farmers living upstream had installed these pump sets illegally and were drawing huge quantities of water from the canals to irrigate their fields, thus depriving farmers living in the tail-end regions of their legitimate share.

B.P. Harish, who was recently appointed Chairman of the CADA (Command Area Development Authority), had assured farmers that illegal pump sets installed upstream along the canals would be removed. He also accompanied the officials of the district administration during the operation. A farmer was seen questioning the authorities as to when they would remove all the pump sets from the canals if they removed only four to five sets a day.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner M.B. Dyaberi clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 all along the canals to maintain law and order in the region.

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