Farmers urge CWMA to ensure release of water by Karnataka

Expressing concern over Karnataka’s continued refusal to release Tamil Nadu’s due share of water in the Cauvery, farmers representatives of the district on Friday urged the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) to ensure that its directives were implemented by the upper riparian State.

Raising the issue at the monthly grievances meeting here, Ayilai Sivasuriyan, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam affiliated to the CPI, pointed out that CWMA at its meeting on May 28 directed Karnataka to release 9.19 tmc to Tamil Nadu. On June 25, it ordered the State to release another 31.24 tmc. But Karnataka did not comply with the directives, claiming that the storage position in its reservoir was poor.

Under the circumstances, CWMA should take over the powers to release water from the Karnataka dams so as to ensure that Tamil Nadu’s monthly quota of water in the Cauvery was released as ordered by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and the Supreme Court, he said.

Echoing his views, Koundampatti R.Subramanian, deputy secretary, Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association, also condemned Karnataka’s attempts to go ahead with its plan to construct a dam at Mekedatu.

Earlier, a cross-section of farmers urged the Public Works department and the district administration to bring desilting of irrigation canals under the kudimaramathu scheme immediately.

Puliyur A. Nagarajan, president of the farmers wing of Tamil Maanila Congress, urged the district authorities to ensure transparency in the implementation of the scheme.

Collector S. Sivarasu said works under the scheme would be started soon and urged farmers to register their associations at the earliest to take up the works in their respective areas.

A PWD official said 53 works had been sanctioned under the kudimaramathu scheme in the district at a cost of ₹6.19 crore. The department would execute about 64 works on maintenance of irrigation canals at a cost of ₹4 crore. It had sought another ₹4 crore for desilting canals.

V. Chidambaram, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam affiliated to the CPI(M), called upon PWD to desilt inlet channels of tanks under the maintenance of the local bodies too, while N.Veerasekaran of Ayyan Vaical Pasanatharar Sangam sought steps to desilt the 17 main irrigation canals and their branch canals.

A. Durairasu, deputy secretary of the farmers’ wing of MDMK, urged the district administration to take steps to desilt Ponnaniyar dam, which irrigated about 2,101 acres in Manapparai taluk.

Referring to the heavy losses sustained by farmers on account of the fall armyworm pest attack on maize crop in the district, R. Raja Chidambaram, State secretary, Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, emphasised the need to get the promised compensation from the government at the earliest.

He also called for steps for distribution of compensation sanctioned under the crop insurance scheme for sugarcane, maize, cotton, onion and turmeric in view of the drought.

Earlier, a section of farmers led by P.Viswanathan of Tamizhaga Eri Mattrum Attru Pasana Vivasayigal Sangam, staged a demonstration outside the meeting venue urging the government not to permit hydrocarbon exploration in the Cauvery delta.

V. Gnanasekar, a farmer of Thinnanur, sought action to prevent frequent damage to crops by wild pigs, monkeys and peacocks in the village near Thuraiyur.

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