Members of Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam and the Kollidam—Keelanai Paasana Vivasayigal Sangam staged a demonstration near the Udayarkudi bus stand at Kattumannarkoil on Thursday, demanding water from the Veeranam tank for two wettings to save the samba crop.

Tahsildar S. Thillaigovindan called them for talks in his office, in which District Revenue Officer Rajendran, and farmers’ leaders S. Madhavan and P. Vinayagamoorthy participated.

Over 52,000 acres

The farmers put forth the demand that as the samba crop on over 52,000 acres in the Veeranam tank ayacut areas had reached the flowering stage, two more wettings would be required for grain formation.

Therefore, they urged the authorities to immediately release water from the tank to save the crops, which would otherwise turn into fodder.

They further stated that the technical committee on the Cauvery water management had already mooted the idea that the quantum of release from Kallanai to the Veeranam tank ought to be increased from the customary 10 per cent (of the realisation at the Kallanai) to 15 per cent to adequately meet the requirements of the tank ayacutdars.

They also said that whenever monsoon failed and there was poor storage in the Veeranam tank, water should not be drawn for Chennai.

Instead, subsurface water from deep borewells sunk for the purpose should be tapped to meet the drinking water requirements of Chennai residents.

After giving a patient hearing to the pleas, the tahsildar had sent a letter to Collector R. Kirloshkumar, detailing their requirements.