At the meeting of the Irrigation Consultative Committee (ICC) of Bhadra Command Area Development Authority (CADA) held here on Monday, it was decided that water from the Tunga reservoir would be released for 50 days for the standing crops, including arecanut, coconut, banana and sugarcane, in the command area during summer.
K.T. Gangadhar, working president, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, told the meeting that if 2 tmcft water is released from Bhadra reservoir now to Tungabhadra reservoir, the standing crops in the command area of Bhadra reservoir will dry up in summer owing to scarcity of water.The economic worth of the standing crops in command area of Bhadra reservoir is much more than the cotton and chilli crops in the command area of Tungabhadra reservoir, he said. H.R. Basavarajappa, KRRS general secretary, said that diversion of 7 tmcft water reserved in Bhadra reservoir for drinking needs should not be allowed at any cost. M.J. Appaji, MLA for Bhadravati, said that the farmers in command area should abide by the directions issued by Bhadra CADA against cultivation of summer crops.
In the wake of low water storage in Bhadra reservoir owing to the sluggish monsoon, the Bhadra Command Area Development Authority (CADA) has requested farmers not to take up cultivation of summer crops in 2017.×H.S. Sundaresh, chairperson, Bhadra CADA, said that with the current water storage in the reservoir, the drinking water needs of people in the command area and the water required to save the standing crops, including plantation crops such as arecanut and banana, can be met in the coming summer. In the wake of this, the farmers should not take up cultivation of fresh crops, including short-term or long-term crops during summer, he said.
Owing to low water storage in Bhadra reservoir this year due to sluggish monsoon, there has been strong demand from the farmers to alter the schedule of the release of water for kharif crops.The Irrigation Consultative Committee (ICC) of Bhadra Command Area Development Authority(CADA) had decided to release water continuously along right bank canal (RBC) and left bank canal(LBC) for kharif crops for a period of 100 days from July 25.The schedule was worked out with the hope that that the level in the reservoir would rise.
The bandh was total and peaceful in Shivamogga district. Public transportation including buses operated by KSRTC, remained off the road. Educational institutions remained closed across the district. Shops, hotels, cinema halls downed shutters to express support to the bandh.
“It is difficult to meet the agricultural and drinking water needs of Karnataka with the water that is currently available. It is unfortunate that, by ignoring the distress in Karnataka caused by low water storage, the Supreme Court has ordered for a release of water to Tamil Nadu,” Mr. Gangadhar said.
The rejection of Karnataka’s interim plea by the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal (MWDT) led to public outrage and protests in various parts of the State on Thursday.Traffic was severely affected on Bengaluru-Mysuru highway. Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Hasiru Sene, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Jaya Karnataka, and Ramanagaram Advocates Association protested and burnt the effigies of MWDT for “neglecting Karnataka” and the Lok Sabha members “for failing to solve the problem”.