Crops on 40,000 acres of land withering for past two months for want of water
Farmers belonging to the Pallapalayam Raja Vaikkal Aycutdars’ Association have petitioned the Karur district administration to release water into the Amaravathy to save the standing crops that have started withering in many places.
They alleged that the officials had been discriminating against the district.
More than 40,000 acres of land in Karur, Tirupur, and Coimbatore were irrigated by the Amaravathy Reservoir. They include the old aycut, extended aycut, and lift irrigation scheme areas.
Karur that formed the tail end of the aycut had always been getting a raw deal at the hands of officials upstream. The districts had always used the available water to suit their needs and allowed only drain water to Karur district farmers who have raised paddy, turmeric and sugar cane besides coconut groves that sustain on the Amaravathy water.
With pretty good rains, the Amaravathy reservoir, whose maximum height was 90 feet, touched 80 feet, and water was released for irrigation in downstream areas in mid-August.
However, there had been no rain as a result of which the reservoir had been closed the next month itself and farmers felt let down by nature.
Under these circumstances, members of the Pallapalayam Raja Vaikkal Aycutdars’ Association have petitioned the district administration for immediate release of water.
Led by the president Palanisamy and secretary Ramasamy, the members presented a memorandum to District Collector S. Jayandhi on Tuesday stating that their standing crops had been withering for the past two months for want of water in river.
Pointing out that the storage level was around 39 feet and taking into account 15 feet as dead storage, there was water only up to a height of 24 feet. Karur farmers must be helped immediately.
Claiming that Karur aycut had consistently been discriminated against by the officials manning the Amaravathy system, the association demanded the State government’s immediate intervention in the issue as the Amaravathy Main Channel and other districts had been treated favourably.