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Farmers raise HT power lines, new water scheme issues at grievances redress meeting

A farmer displays mangoes from his orchard to prove that high tension electric lines over farmland were affecting the trees, during the farmers’ grievances redress meeting at the Erode Collectorate on Friday.

A farmer displays mangoes from his orchard to prove that high tension electric lines over farmland were affecting the trees, during the farmers’ grievances redress meeting at the Erode Collectorate on Friday.  

They also expressed concern over outstanding dues by mills to sugarcane farmers

Opposition to the new water scheme that envisages drawing water from Kodiveri anicut, high tension power lines over farmlands, encroachment of waterways and outstanding dues by mills to sugarcane farmers were the main issues raised during the farmers’ grievances redress meeting held at the Collectorate here on Friday.

A farmer from Moonampalli village in Chennimalai Union, M.P. Thangavel, placed a few mangoes from his orchard before District Revenue Officer S. Kavitha alleging that the 400 KV line from Rasipalayam to Salem, erected in 2015 over his farmland, had adversely affected the produce in his orchard.

He said that 250 trees were hit and demanded suitable compensation. The farmer told the DRO said that since he was not aware of the effects of electric line, he had allowed the works four years ago. The DRO told him that Tangedco officials would inspect his field to study the impact, after which a decision would be taken.

Keel Bhavani Vivasayigal Nala Sangam secretary S. Nallasamy said that instead of drawing water from Kodiveri anicut for drinking water supply to Perundurai, pipelines should be laid from Bhavani Sagar Reservoir to the intended areas so that illegal tapping, wastage of water could be prevented. He urged the Public Works Department to remove bushes, encroachments and carry out renovation works at Lower Bhavani Project (LBP) canal before the water is released for irrigation in August.

Farmer Chenniyappan said that sugarcane farmers were not paid for their produce by mills and wanted the administration to intervene. He wanted sugarcane laden lorries to be permitted on Dhimbam Ghat Road. Collector C. Kathiravan said that vehicles with good pulling capacity will be exempted from the ban and added that poorly maintained vehicles will not be allowed on the ghat road.

The president of Thadapalli – Arakankottai Pasana Sabai, Subi. Thalapathy, said that they were not opposing the implementation of the Kodiveri Combined Water Supply Scheme, but wanted the raw water drawing point to be relocated from the upper stream of the anicut to the lower stream.

When the issue of establishing common effluent treatment plant between Kalingarayan canal and River Cauvery was raised, Mr. Kathiravan said that due to stiff opposition from residents, officials have been asked to look for an alternative site.

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