Of the 49 panchayats in Kottur union, 45 face acute drinking water scarcity
Acute drinking water shortage prevails in many villages in Tiruvarur district, particularly in Kottur and Thiruthuraipoondi panchayat unions, and the coastal areas of Muthupettai. With water table dipping in many places and power shortage making it difficult to pump water to overhead tanks, water scarcity has started to haunt residents and cattle across district. .
Villages including Irulneeki, Kalapal, Senthamangalam, Mazhavarayanallur, Kurichimoolai, Melapanaiyur, Vattar and Siddamalli in Kottur panchayat union, Alathampadi, Nunakadu in Thiruthuraipoondi panchayat union face severe shortage. The coastal areas of Muthupettai get only saline water.
“Of the 49 panchayats in Kottur union, 45 face acute drinking water scarcity,” said P.R. Pandian, a farmer of Kottur and State council member of the CPI-affiliated Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam .
“The situation is worse and resembles 1952, when the district faced dire water shortage,” said S. Ranganathan, secretary, Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association.
People are migrating from villages to towns, where they can get water, says Mr. Pandian. Some areas in the district are getting water under the Vedaranyam Combined Water Scheme but even there power shortage makes it difficult to pump water to overhead tanks.
The period 2012-13 has been particularly difficult for the people of Tiruvarur district. Kuruvai could not be taken up and samba has also failed at many places due to water shortage.
Coconut trees and inland fishing have also been hit. Farmers and residents of Tiruvarur district expect the central team, which is visiting Tiruvarur district on Tuesday to assess the drought situation, to recommend long-term measures for overcoming water shortage .
Implementing new drinking water schemes, providing adequate electricity, desilting existing lakes and ponds, and recharging underground water are the need of the hour, people say.
Rainwater harvesting structures should be put up at various places and farm ponds being dug under MNREGS should be utilised properly. There are 30 big lakes in Tiruvarur district which have ayacuts of nearly 100 acres each. These should be desilted, farmers said.
Kuruvai cultivation could be taken up this year only if Karnataka released Cauvery water as per the final award of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal.
Cattle camps that are normally pitched on paddy fields for getting cow and goat dung, which acts as good manure, have not been erected due to water scarcity.
Situation resembles 1952, when the district faced dire water shortage 30 big lakes in Tiruvarur district have ayacuts of nearly 100 acres each
Situation resembles 1952, when the district faced dire water shortage
30 big lakes in Tiruvarur district have ayacuts of nearly 100 acres each