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Water released into canals to irrigate 24,504 acres

CULTIVATION TIME:Water was released from Periya Kodiveri Dam into Thadapalli - Arankankottai canals for irrigation in Erode district on Friday.—PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

CULTIVATION TIME:Water was released from Periya Kodiveri Dam into Thadapalli - Arankankottai canals for irrigation in Erode district on Friday.—PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Water was released from Periyakodiveri Dam into Arakankottai-Thadapalli canals for paddy cultivation on Friday, following completion of concrete-lining works.

District Collector S. Prabakar initiated the water release for irrigating 24,504 acres in Gobichettipalayam, Anthiyur and Bhavani areas in the presence of senior PWD officials and representatives of farmers’ organisations, as instructed by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

Construction work for concrete-lining the canals to a length of 2 km each at a cost of Rs. 40 crore delayed release of water by about two months. Usually, water stored in Bhavani Sagar Dam is released into the canals through the Periyakodiveri Dam during the mid-April, and the start of June and August. The June cycle had to be skipped, since the construction work was initiated only around that time.

Though relieved over the completion of concrete-lining work, a long-pending requirement, farmers in the Arakankottai-Thadapalli ayacut are apprehensive that they would face shortage of farm labourers during the cultivation period.

Since release of water into the Lower Bhavani Project canal with an ayacut of over 1.03 lakh acres is just a fortnight away, and the date for release of water from Mettur Dam into Cauvery for cultivation in delta districts is fast approaching, ensuring adequacy of farm labourers during the cultivation season would be an ordeal, according to Subi Thalapathi, representative of Thadapalli-Arakankottai Farmers' Welfare Association.

Had the construction work been completed before April, farm workers could have been retained. Due to the skipping of the June cycle, there has been migration of the labourers elsewhere.

There are possibilities for the farm activities getting impacted due to labour shortage, and the eventuality of farm labourers demanding more wages in a situation of demand also cannot be ruled out, Mr. Thalapathi rued.


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