Karnataka

Water release comes as a blessing for farmers

Water being released from the Bennethora dam to the command areas of Bennethora Irrigation Project in Kalaburagi district.— photo: arun kulkarni

Water being released from the Bennethora dam to the command areas of Bennethora Irrigation Project in Kalaburagi district.— photo: arun kulkarni  

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The water stored in two irrigation projects has come as a blessing in disguise for rain-starved farmers in the command areas of Bennethora Major Irrigation Project and Lower Mullamari Medium Irrigation Project.

The Irrigation Department, after getting consent from the district authorities to release water for irrigation, has for the first time released it to parched lands in the command areas of Lower Mullamari Project. The release of water from Bennethora dam to the command areas of Bennethora Irrigation Project is for the second time this year.

Authorities had released water to the command area farmers of Bennethora project to save the standing khariff crops a few months back. Once again now, water has been released in both the right and left bank canals of the project to water rabi crops. Jagannath Halangi, Chief Engineer of the Irrigation Project Zone, told The Hindu here that for the first time, water was being released in the right bank canal of the Lower Mullamari Medium Irrigation Project after getting permission from Deputy Commissioner Vipul Bansal.

The district administration has restricted the Irrigation Department officials from releasing water for irrigation in view of the serious shortage of drinking water in the district due to failure of rain. Mr. Halangi said that after completing necessary repairs in the canal to plug leakages, the authorities decided to release water up to 50 km in the right bank canal to provide water to 3,580 hectares out of the total command area of 9,713 km in the total 80-km length of the right bank canal.

He said that in the Bennethora project, water has been released up to 36 km of the total length of 82.16 km and in the left bank canal water has been released up to 35 km out of the total 62.24 km. “The released water was being used in full by the farmers to water their standing rabi crops.”

A total of 170 cusecs of water was being released in both canals of the Bennethora project and 81 cusecs of water in the right bank canal of the Lower Mullamari Project.

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