Glitch in Singur canal deprives farmers of paddy crop
Pinning hopes on Singuru canal water, farmers of ayacut villages, including Chakriyal, raised paddy in 5,000 acres but their hopes were dashed due to a glitch in digging the canal. The farmers, anticipating water from Singur canal filling various tanks, raised paddy thrice but were disappointed.
Sangareddy: Pinning hopes on Singuru canal water, farmers of ayacut villages, including Chakriyal, raised paddy in 5,000 acres but their hopes were dashed due to a glitch in digging the canal. The farmers, anticipating water from Singur canal filling various tanks, raised paddy thrice but were disappointed.
Irrigation department authorities decided to provide irrigation facility to farmers of about 5 villages by completing the Singuru canal works, which were stranded due to various reasons, during the Rabi last.
The can digging work proceeded on a war –footing for about one km distance between Taddanpalli and Chakriyal. Impressed by the progress in digging, the farmers raised paddy, but the canal failed to feed the tanks in spite of completion of the works. The water did not flow towards Sivvampeta but changed course and flowed waste into the Manjira River because of loopholes in digging works.
At the instance of Andole MLA Babu Mohan, the digging works progressed but of no use. The farmers have no alternative except to allow their paddy seedlings to wither away in the nurseries. In spite of all this, the farmers are in no mood to agitate but pinned hopes on getting the irrigation facility for kharif.
The farmers have been urging the irrigation authorities to rectify the mistake by the time paddy is transplanted in August and September, four months from now. If the mistake is rectified, 15 tanks in five villages will be fed with water irrigating an ayacut of over 5000 acres. The canal is supposed to fill 15 tanks including Kamunikunta, Devuni Cheruvu, Peddacheruvu, Sivvamma cheruvu, Kottakunta, Karnalakunta, Kummarikunta and Peddacheruvu.
The farmers complain of losing three crops and want the officials to provide water at least for the forthcoming kharif. The farmers are not prepared to raise paddy in the absence of categorical assurance from the farmers.
The officials said that they would review the omissions and commissions in digging the tank. They vowed to dig it deeper if necessary. The problem will be taken to the notice of the MLA. He wanted the farmers to raise paddy seedlings only when the officials give green signal to it.