Chennai, July 10 (BPNS)
The Kuruvai farmers of Delta districts in Tamil Nadu are under risk as the water level in Mettur dam that supply water to the delta districts have fallen down.
It is to be noted that farmers are into Kuruvai cultivation in an area of 3.60 lakh acres and are dependent purely on water from Mettur dam.
R. Manikandan, a Kuruvai farmer while speaking to BPNS said, “ When the Mettur water was released on the customary date of June 12 by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin and farmers were happy. However now we are worried as the water table in Mettur dam has come down.”
According to farmers, 100 TMC water is required for a successful Kuruvai farming and the farmers are worried as at present the current storage level in Mettur dam is only 46TMC.
Agriculture experts also said that there is a definite shortage of 56 TMC of water and the farmers are expecting a timely arrival of monsoon to help tide over the crisis.
Farmers in Tamil Nadu however pointed out that Karnataka government has to release the monthly share of water to Tamil Nadu from the Mettur dam. As per Agriculture experts, Karnataka as per agreement has to provide 167 TMC of water to Tamil Nadu.
Muralidhara Perumal, a farmer in Thanjavur district told BPNS that the Tamil Nadu government must take up the issue with the Karnataka government. He said that as per the Supreme Court directive, Karnataka has to release 9.19 TMC for the month of June and 31.24 TMC for the month of July. However, according to Perumal, the neighbouring state has not released the required water creating big difficulties for the farmers of Tamil Nadu.
P. Ayyakannu, State president, Desiya Thennindiya Nadhigallnaippu Sangam while speaking to media persons said, “ The water is our right and Karnataka government cannot delay the release at any cost.”
He also said that this was the duty of the Tamil Nadu government to get water from Karnataka and wanted the state government to force the Karnataka government.