Chennai, Aug 3 (BPNS)
Tamil Nadu water works department will release water from the Bhavanisagar dam into Lower Bhavani Project (LBP) canal from August 15 for irrigation purposes after farmers commenced agitation. Generally, water from Bhavanisagar dam is released into LBP canal on August 15 and due to maintenance works, there were reports that this would be delayed leading to agitation from the farmers.
It may be noted that water through the LBP canal is irrigating 2.07 lakh acres of farmlands. The canal starts from the dam in Erode and travels through Tiruppur district till Karur and irrigating 2.07 acres of farmlands through the course of its journey.
The farmers were worried that the modernization work that was being carried out in the LBP canal would lead to delay in the release of water from the Bhavanisagar dam thus affecting their farming prospects.
It is to be noted that the water resources department of Tamil Nadu is in the process of modernization of the LBP canal at a budget amount of Rs 709 crores.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin had in a recent interaction with the farmers of the area announced that the water from the Bhavanisagar dam would be released at the appropriate time.