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Farmers demand removal of weeds, silt from irrigation canals

Farmers representatives of the district have urged the district administration to take steps to clear the weed growth and silt accumulation on irrigation canals.

At a recent meeting to redress grievances of farmers, Puliyur A. Nagarajan, president, farmers wing, Tamil Maanila Congress, urged the Public Works Department to remove the weed growth and silt accumulation in all irrigation canals in the district so that water released from Mettur could flow freely.

“Farmers have suffered badly due to the drought and it is essential to conserve and manage the available water efficiently,” he said. Farmers were also prepared to take up cleaning work if the district administration came forward to provide them with machines, he added.

Responding to the request, Collector K. Rajamani called upon PWD officials to spell out the measures to remove the silt and weeds in the canals. He said he would hold a meeting with the PWD officials to discuss the issue.

Ayilai Siva.Suriyan, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, said farmers, after facing drought-like conditions for a prolonged period, were happy over the rising water level in Mettur dam. He called upon the government to take steps to get Tamil Nadu’s due share of water from Karnataka in the Cauvery as per the tribunal award. Further, the Centre should constitute the Cauvery Management Board, he added.
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Referring to the water release from Mettur, P.Viswanathan, president, Tamizhaga Eri Mattrum Attru Pasana Vivasayigal Sangam, called upon the district administration to ensure sanction of crop loans liberally. Besides, adequate quantity of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides should be made available so that farmers could take up cultivation without any hurdle.

M. P. Chinnadurai, district president,Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, criticised Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, for participating in the Cauvery Maha Pushkaram festival while failing to get Tamil Nadu’s due share of water from Karnataka in the Cauvery.

“Whatever we are getting now is only the overflow,” he maintained.

Earlier, Mr.Chinnadurai also faulted the district officials for “failing to execute” the ring road on the revised alignment.

Later, Mr. Rajamani, who was not present during his speech but was informed of his remarks, told Mr.Chinnadurai that the forum should not be used as a political platform and that he would not be allowed to participate in the meeting if he did not maintain decorum.


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