The State government's move to release 0.5 tmc of water to the old ayacuts of Bhavani river received widespread criticism from a section of farmers in the district.
Officials sources said the government had decided to release 1.5 tmc of water from the hydel reservoirs in Nilgiris to Bhavanisagar dam. Of which, it was planned to provide 0.5 tmc each to Kalingarayan, Thadapalli- Arakkan- kottai and Lower Bhvani Project (LBP) ayacuts.
Stating that the allotment was unfair, LBP farmers said the release of 0.5 tmc of water would not meet their requirements as the ayacut has a vast area. “The Kalingarayan ayacut has about 15,000 acres and the Thadapalli-Arakkankottai ayacut has about 25,000 acres. But the LBP ayacut has more than 2,00,000 acres. How will the farmers in LBP ayacut irrigate more than 2 lakh acres of land with just 0.5 tmc of water?” questions Lower Bhavani Farmers Welfare Association President S. Nallasamy.
The public works department had already begun releasing about 750 cusecs of water to the Kalingarayan ayacut based on the government's order.
Meanwhile, officials in the public works department said the LBP ayacut would be given more water from the existing storage in Bhavanisagar dam in addition to the allotment made by the government.