An eternal wait for water for farmers in these tail-end areas – The Hindu

Farmers and their leaders, elected representatives and even officials at the Department of Water Resources unanimously attributed water crisis at the canal’s lower reaches to illegal expansion of irrigation at the upper reaches. But, nobody exactly knows the extent of illegal expansion. For, no survey has been conducted even though the water crisis and resultant farmers’ agitations have been yearly phenomena for the last several years.“Around 1.75 lakh acres of unauthorised lands in upper reaches of TLBC, most of which are in Gangavathi taluk in Koppal district, are illegally irrigated using around 600 cusecs of Tungabhadra water. As a result, over 2 lakh acres of authorised lands in lower reaches of the canal in Manvi, Raichur, and parts of Sindhanur taluks in Raichur district are deprived of their legitimate share of water,” D. Veerana Gowda, a leader of Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha, said.

Source: An eternal wait for water for farmers in these tail-end areas – The Hindu

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