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`No water in LBP tail-end areas'

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE, SEPT. 24. Though it is more than 40 days of water release in the LBP canal from the Lower Bhavani Project Reservoir for irrigation, the water has not reached the tail-end areas, the president of the Lower Bhavani Project Ryots Association, C. Nallasamy, said today.

Speaking to The Hindu , he said that water was released into the 200-kilometre length main canal from where it was diverted to branch and distributory canals.

But the water had not reached the tail-end areas of the branch canal and distributory canal, due to encroachments and also poor flow of water. So he urged the Public Works Department to increase the quantum of water released from 2,300 cusecs to 2,350 cusecs.

Nallasamy also complained that due to lack of water in the tail-end land, the transplantation of paddy crop had been delayed.

Hence he demanded that the Government and also the Collector extend the water release in the LBP canal till January 15, as against the scheduled closure on December 15.

The Joint Director of Agriculture, T.S.R. Ramakrishnan, said that usually in LBP ayacut, paddy was raised on 48,000 hectares. However this year due to failure of rainfall, paddy would be raised on 45,000 hectares.

In lower reaches like Erode, Kodumudi, Arachalure and Modakurichi area, nurseries were raised and transplantation would be taken up within next 15 days.

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