Monday, May 7, 2012

Dry rivers render 35 irrigation points in Balangir defunct MONDAY, 07 MAY 2012 22:41

 Bhubaneswar Dry rivers render 35 irrigation points in Balangir defunct
MONDAY, 07 MAY 2012 22:41
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Several Pani Panchayat members of Gudvella block, who are facing water shortage for their crop due to drying of the feeding rivers of the lift irrigation (LI) points, met the District Collector here on Monday morning and sought his help for solution of the problem.
There are 55 lift irrigation points in rivers Tel, Rahul and Khadang of Gudvella block. However, since there is no water in the Rahul and Khadang rivers, a total of 35 LI points have stopped functioning and paddy crop in 700 hectares of land has been damaged, informed Dhubleshar Sahu, a farmer of Gudvella block.
“We demand compensation of Rs 30,000 against per acre of crop damage during the Kharif season, waiver of electricity arrears and immediate repair of the defunct lift irrigation points,” said Sahu.
As water has dried up in the rivers, the water crisis has loomed large. We demand construction of a barrage at Bahabandha and Gadgada on the Khadag river to solve the water crisis, he opined.
Moreover, the proposal for 67LI points are pending with both the State and the Central Governments, where as the two proposed mega Pani Panchayat projects, one at Sandhisara and the other at Tentelkhunti, are yet to be completed, he rued.
The members led by Ashok Dora, Dhubaleshwar Sahum and Tikebata Nahak, among others, submitted a memorandum to District Collector SN Dey for action and the latter, reportedly, assured them of intimating the higher authorities for further action soon.

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