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Implement Big Tank canal scheme without delay: farmers

Farmers of various panchayats in Krishnagiri district presented a petition to the District Collector on Monday demanding the implementation of Big Tank canal scheme.— Photo: N.Bashkaran

Farmers of various panchayats in Krishnagiri district presented a petition to the District Collector on Monday demanding the implementation of Big Tank canal scheme.— Photo: N.Bashkaran  

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The farmers of 15 village panchayats in the district have urged the State Government to take steps for the implementation of the Big Tank (Badetalav tank) canal scheme without any further delay.

The implementation of this scheme would immensely benefit the farmers of Krishnagiri, Bargur, Mathur and Uthangarai panchayat unions, the farmers representatives said in a memorandum presented to the District Collector here on Monday.

Panchayats

The farmers from the panchayats of Kattinayanapalli, Kammampalli; Kallurukki; Pazhayapettai; Pethanapalli; Mallinayanapalli; Balepalli; Orappam; Balinayanapalli; Kondappanayanapalli; Achamangalam; Anjur; Majidhkollahalli; Aikunthamkothapalli; Kattagaram panchayats and the panchayat unions of Mathur and Uthangarai arrived at the Collectorate in large number and their representatives presented the petition.

The memorandum said that the canals were dug about ten years ago for taking the water from the Big Tank to the tanks in all the above panchayats.

But, the canals for bringing the surplus water of Krishnagiri dam had not been dug so far.

Due to this, there had been an inordinate delay in the completion of the Big Tank canal scheme.

Borewells

This delay had forced the farmers and the residents of these panchayats to spend huge money in sinking borewells for drinking water and irrigation purposes.

Due to the continuous failure of monsoon for the past 15 years, the groundwater level had gone down alarmingly in these areas.

The residents of these areas had been forced to buy water.

Crops

Rainfed crops such as groundnut, thuvarai and cholam raised by the farmers too had withered.

The continuation of this alarming situation would only force people of these panchayats to migrate to other towns.

The memorandum urged the government to take steps on a war-footing for the speedy execution of the Big Tank canal scheme, and for supplying water to the tanks in these panchayats, which in turn would improve the groundwater level.

Compensation

The petition also demanded the government to depute officials to take stock of the loss suffered by the farmers due to the withering of the rainfed crops and sanction adequate compensation.



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