In many places, sewage lines have been allowed to drain into it resulting in contamination, they tell Collector
KULITHALAI: Farmers have sought immediate desilting and renovation of the Pallapalayam Channel and its branch channels. In many places, sewage lines have been allowed to drain into the channels resulting in contamination, farmers pointed out in support of their demand at the farmers grievances day meeting in Kulithalai on Tuesday.
Karur Collector, T.N. Venkatesh, presiding over the meeting, assured the Pallapalayam Channel aycutdars that their demand would be accorded priority and funds allotted in the next few months and the desilting taken up in the current year.
Muruga Gounder of Koymapalli Sellipalayam said that it was a long time since the Pallapalayam Channel was desilted and that a large number of farmers depend on the channel for irrigating their crops. The available water could not reach many places downstream and the channel, as also smaller channels branching off the Pallapalayam Channel badly require desilting and renovation.
Supplementing Mr. Muruga Gounder's demand, the president of the Panchamadevi Nanjai Aycutdars Association M. Ramasamy pointed out that from Govindampalayam to Thirukkampuliyur, several sewer lines were being allowed to drain into the channel polluting the whole system. In many places, the channel has suffered deformation and needed immediate renovations.
Another farmer Alagappan of Panjapatti demanded that the Panjapatti Big Tank should be desilted and that the farmers should be allowed to use the silt and soil as manure for their fields. Mr. Venkatesh asked the Kulithalai Revenue Divisional Officer to inspect the tank and do the needful.
Convener of the Kulithalai Farmers' Discussion Group A.V. Gopaladesikan wanted the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation authorities to ensure that buses halt at the Krishnarayapuram Taluk Office for the benefit of farmers. The Collector replied that a circular had been sent to the bus crew to halt at the place on request.
Another farmer Sathish from Valayapatti called for enrolling new members in the cooperative milk societies but the Collector said that there was a court stay on enrolment and once that was vacated, new members would be enlisted. Mr. Sathish also wanted the district administration to conduct awareness and training programme on tapioca cultivation on the lines of the workshop on sunflower cultivation for the TANWA group members. The Collector promised to do the needful after consulting the concerned department officials.
The president of the Nerur Vangal Aycutdars' Association K. Thyagarajan urged the district administration to carry out repair works to the Achamapuram-Kallupalayam road stretch to be of use to the farmers.
Mr. Venkatesh said that any expansion of the stretch would involve land acquisition and once that was over, the expansion work would be taken up.
The working president of the Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association Mahadanapuram V. Rajaram congratulated the Public Works Department officials for furthering the proposal on converting the Kattalai Bed Regulator into a barrage and also for inviting the conveners of the farmers' discussion groups for training workshops on pesticide, insecticide and fertilizer use. He also lauded the special veterinary camps being conducted in the area.
The District Revenue Officer C. Natarajan, Kulithalai MLA R. Manikkam, Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency M. Madhavi, Joint Director of Agriculture K. Rangasami and a host of farmers participated.