PALAKKAD: The Deseeya Karshaka Samajam has demanded that the government implement the Rs.94.5-crore Central project that would solve the water scarcity in the rain shadow areas of Chittur taluk.
In a statement here on Saturday, Samajam general secretary Mothalamthode Mani said that the Water Resources Department authorities had failed to implement a Rs.94.5 crore project of the Prime Minister’s rehabilitation package for farmers in Palakkad district.
The project was given administrative sanction in March 2007. The project included the Rs.55-crore Chitturpuzha irrigation project; the Rs.9.50-crore Cheramangalam scheme in the Malampuzha irrigation project and the Rs.30-crore Kanhirapuzha irrigation project.
The statement said the Rs.55-crore project would have solved the water crisis in the eastern parts of Chittur taluk. It would have helped extend the Right Bank Canal of the Chitturpuzha irrigation project to Velamthavalam. This would have solved the water problem in the rain shadow areas of Kozhinjampra, Vadakarapathy and Eruthiapathy panchayats.
He alleged that Irrigation Department officials, instead of implementing the sanctioned projects had sent another proposal which in effect torpedoed the Chittur project. He said the farmers would launch an agitation against the anti-farmer attitude of the officials in not implementing special schemes for farmers.
The statement said that the Samajam has sent complaints to the Chief Minister and the Water Resources Minister on the matter.