CADA to support Water Users Cooperatives

CADA to support Water Users Cooperatives

CADA might also fund buildings of cooperative societies

The Cauvery Command Area Development Authority (CADA) decided to support the long-pending demand of the Water Users Cooperative Societies, seeking the responsibility to collect water tax from farmers.

Following the meeting of CADA, which was held after a long gap of over two and a half years, the Chairman, C Dasegowda, said, even the Cauvery Neeravri Nigam has approved delegation of the responsibility, now being discharged by the Revenue department, to the societies.

The societies have been offering to collect the revenue and use 50 per cent of the funds locally, for the development of the agriculture lands under their purview.

CADA Administrator B Nagaraju said, the authority can fund the buildings of the societies if they bear 20 per cent of the cost.

“But, the societies say that they have no funds for the building and they could manage to provide lands for the building. So, a proposal will be submitted to the government to bear the complete cost for the building, if the societies provide lands,” he said.

Dasegowda said, he has spoken to District in-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad and Mysuru Urban Development Authority Chairman K R Mohan Kumar to solve a long-pending problem.

“CADA had paid over Rs 30 lakh to MUDA in the early 1990s for eight HIG quarters on Kalidasa Road. But, CADA could not take possession of them as some other agency also claimed it and occupied it. A case was pending in the court over the issue since a long time. Now, steps will be taken to take possession of the quarters,” he said.

“This was the 17th board meeting of CADA since its inception in 1974. It has 24 members and a member secretary. Deputy Commissioners and Chief Executive Officers of eight districts — Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Kodagu, Ramanagar, Bengaluru Rural and Bengaluru — and others are members. Development of agriculture lands covered by four major dams — KRS, Kabini, Harangi and Hemavathy — and 15 small dams is the responsibility of CADA,” Dasegowda said.

ICC meet

The meeting of the Irrigation Consultative Committee (ICC) of the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam has been convened by Mandya District in-charge Minister Ambarish at Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi on July 2 as the Assembly session is under progress.

The ICC will recommend to the government about releasing water into the canals for irrigation purpose.