Tirunelveli: Illegal constructions block flow of water

TIRUNELVELI: The district administration should remove the encroachments on the Paappaan Channel under Karuppanadhi dam irrigation system as the illegal constructions were blocking the flow of water to over 7,000 acres of land.

Raising the issue in the farmers’ grievance day meeting held at the Collectorate on Friday, Communist Party of India district secretary and farmer R. Shanmugavel alleged that the illegal constructions had obstructed the flow of water to over 7,000 acres of land under the 13th shutter of Karuppanadhi dam irrigation system. While the dam was overflowing, farmers having lands under this shutter were craving for water for irrigation, owing to the encroachments.

District Revenue Officer P. Ramanasaraswathi assured that the issue would be discussed with the Public Works Department officials on Saturday (November 21) and a final decision taken.

Farmers having lands under the Vadakku Pachchaiyaar dam urged the officials to release water for the irrigation tanks. Mr. Jayaraman handed over imported paddy saplings transplantation equipment, worth about Rs.17.39 lakh and carrying an attractive subsidy of Rs. 4 lakh, to a farmer.

From THE HINDU

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