Coimbatore

7,000 acres ayacut under canal removed from coverage area

Water from Kalingarayan Canal is used to irrigate over 15,000 acres in Erode.

Water from Kalingarayan Canal is used to irrigate over 15,000 acres in Erode.   | Photo Credit: M_GOVARTHAN

As the lands were used for non-farming activities

With ayacuts irrigated by the Kalingarayan Canal used for non-farming activities, the district administration has removed 7,000 acres from the ayacut coverage area.

During the farmers grievance day meeting held at the Collectorate here on Friday, Kulandaisamy of Tamil Nadu Farmers Association said that many areas that were irrigated by the canal were used for constructing houses, commercial establishments, industries and were converted for non-farming activities. He said that due to the encroachments, water in the canal is yet to reach the tail-end farmers and the beneficiaries of sub-canal and wanted the administration to remove the land where agricultural activities were not carried out.

Collector C. Kathiravan said that officials had identified 7,000 acres land that were irrigated by the canal and used for non-farming activities now. Hence, those ayacuts were removed from the list and water supply to those lands will be stopped in the coming years. He also added that a survey is being carried out in areas irrigated by Thadapalli – Arakankottai canals to identify the lands that were used for non-farming activities.

Mr. Kulandaisamy also wanted the concrete lining of the Kalingarayan Canal to be taken up so that wastage of water could be avoided. Mr. Kathiravan said that concrete lining works were completed for 12 km in the canal while works for four km were completed in Thadapalli – Arakankottai canals. However, he added that Pasana Sabai is opposing the project as it affects the recharge of wells. The Collector said that concrete lining of both the sides of the canal could be taken up and the ground can be left as it is.

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