“Declare Pudukottai district as drought-hit”

Special Correspondent

Give compensation of Rs.10,000 an acre to farmers

PUDUKOTTAI: The Pudukottai district Grand Anicut Canal Farmers and Ayacutdars Association, has urged the State Government to declare Pudukottai district as drought-affected and give a compensation of Rs.10,000 per acre to the farmers.

A. Ramasamy, president, in a statement issued here on Tuesday, said that there were 5,262 irrigation tanks and there was no water in most of the tanks.

Out of the 168 tanks coming under the Cauvery Mettur Project (CMP) area, water is available only in 68 tanks to meet the drinking requirement of the cattle.

He pointed out that cultivation of paddy crop in the normal area of 94,800 hectares and other crops including pulses, oilseeds and sugarcane in about 67,000 hectares could not be raised this year, owing to non-availability of water in the irrigation tanks and also the depletion of groundwater table.

Mr. Ramasamy said that farmers also could not take up paddy cultivation with the help of pumpsets for want of adequate power supply. Several places, including Aranthangi, Avudayarkovil, Alangudi, Manamelkudi, Karambakudi, Pudukottai, Tirumayam, Kulathur and Gandarvakottai had been affected by severe drought, he said.

Mr. Ramasamy submitted a memorandum to Collector requesting for a new bus service from Kattumavadi to Pudukottai and Tiruchi as there was no direct bus from Kattumavadi to Tiruchi.

He pointed out that thousands of school and college students would benefit, if a new bus service was operated.

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