Water released from Harangi reservoir

Farmers heave a sigh of relief, but disappointed over inaction towards desilting canals

Water being released from Harangi reservoir near Kushalnagar. DH Photo

About 500 cusecs of water was released to the right and left canals initially. The water quantum will be increased gradually, said Harangi Circle Superintending Engineer C Muniswamappa.

Compared to the last year, water has been released to the canals 10 days late. This has delayed the transplantation process too.

The farmers in the catchment areas were awaiting water being released from the reservoir since their paddy seedlings were ready.

Crops in about 2,542 hectare area in Somwarpet taluk, about 40,000 hectare area in the neighbouring Arakalagudu in Hassan district and Piriyapattan, K R Nagar and Hunsur of Mysore district benefit from the Harangi reservoir.

Disappointment

In the meantime, water consumers associations have have expressed their disappointment over the inaction of the Irrigation Department towards the desilting the canals and sub-canals in the catchment areas.

“The desilting works should have been finished much ahead of monsoons. How far it is fair to give contracts of desiltation at the time of releasing water?” questioned Kudige Neeru Balakedarara Sangha former president K R Rangaswamy.

If proper desiltation is not done, the farmers at the other end of the canals do not get water on time.

It will further aggravate the situation, said Hebbale Gram Panchayat member H S Nagaraj.

“Officials are least bothered about reserving certain quantum of water in the reservoir for the summer crops even though there is good rain every year.

They should at least reserve one tmc feet water for summer,” he urged.

DH News Service

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