Displeasure over the planned move to lay concrete flooring in the canals under Lower Bhavani Project area and effluents getting mixed in Nanjarayan irrigation tank at Koolipalayam, were some of the major grievances aired at the grievances redressal meeting organised by the district administration on Wednesday.

The requisition to expedite the implementation of Avinashi-Athikadavu Flood Water Canal Scheme also figured in the discussion.

C. Nallasami, president of Lower Bhavani Farmers Welfare Association, said concrete lining of the canals in the LBP planned by Public Works Department, if implemented, would be against the excellent concept of rainwater harvesting now being promoted by the State Government.

“Once the concrete flooring is laid, groundwater recharging in the command area will get stopped,” he pointed out.

On the Avinashi-Athikadavu scheme, G.K. Nagaraj, a farmer and general secretary of Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam, later told the reporters that the scheme was essential to recharge the borewells and wells in places like Mettupalayam, Avinashi, Tirupur and Perundurai, and other areas spread over nine Assembly constituencies.

“It is sad that the project, actually conceptualised in 1956, has not been implemented till now,” he said.

In the farmers’ grievances redressal meeting held on the day, some of the points discussed as part of the agenda were not connected to farming activities like the need for a roundabout in a junction at Koolipalayam and mosquito menace taking a few farmers by surprise.

Collector G. Govindaraj, Joint Director of Agriculture M.K. Sherif and senior officials of various departments were present.

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