Industries suck groundwater Paddy withering away in Telangana

Industries suck groundwater Paddy withering away in Telangana
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Farmers in Shankarayapally, Peddapally, Vollur and surrounding regions in Jadcherla mandal in the district are increasingly affected by growing industrial activity. Farmers cultivating paddy, in particular, in the Shankarayapally village, whose farmlands are in the vicinity of the newly constructed Vircho Pharam company are worse hit with their paddy crop drying up. 

Mahbubnagar: Farmers in Shankarayapally, Peddapally, Vollur and surrounding regions in Jadcherla mandal in the district are increasingly affected by growing industrial activity. Farmers cultivating paddy, in particular, in the Shankarayapally village, whose farmlands are in the vicinity of the newly constructed Vircho Pharam company are worse hit with their paddy crop drying up.

According to Kethavath Devuja Nayak, a cattle farmer from Chinna Gutta Tanda of Vollur village, whose land is in the vicinity of the newly constructed pharma company, the groundwater in the region has receded as 20-30 borewells have been dug to a dept of 1,000 to 1,5000 feet and water is drawn. Because of this, the borewells in the farmlands in the region have totally gone dry, leading to the paddy crop sown in and around the industrial area drying up and the farmers are facing a huge loss.

The new pharma company is under construction for more than a year now. The company has erected wired fence covering more than 500 acres and has dug up many borewells on its premises. Because of this the borewells of the farmers adjacent to the pharma company have totally gone dry.

“I have three acres of land just adjacent to the constructed Pharma Company. I have two borewells each 150 to 200 feet deep and usually grow two crops a year. However, though in kharif season we do not face any water problem and go for sowing paddy on entire stretch of three acres of land as we have adequate water both from ground and rains, but during rabi season we are depending totally on borewells.

This year as the rains were scanty we could sow only one acre of paddy in kharif, and I had sown only half-an-acre of paddy in rabi. Though in the initial days the borewells yield water, as soon as summer began all the borewells have gone dry. The half acres paddy crop is totally ruined,” said Amgoth Ramachander, of Shankarayapally Tanda under Jadcherla mandal in Mahbubnagar.

The main reason for depleting groundwater is due to increased industrial activity and moreover there are four rock crusher machines that have been installed recently. The farmers demand that the government intervene and ensure that the industrial activity does not rob their livelihood.

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