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Fishermen suffer huge losses

S. Harpal Singh

Catch worth crores of rupees washed away in flood waters


Fishermen in Adilabad are forced to work as agricultural labourers

Fishermen stand to lose when reservoirs are full for a longer duration


ADILABAD: With life in water going scarce this season, fishermen in Adilabad are forced to work as agricultural labourers. Catch worth several crores of rupees got washed away with flood waters from reservoirs only to render fishermen workless.

Gates of dams and projects had to be lifted many times since July-end due to flooding of reservoirs and irrigation tanks. The constant outflow of flood water ensured ‘eviction' of almost the entire aquatic life during this period thereby depriving fishermen of their livelihood.

“There is no fish to catch in these waters,” points out Moija Bapu Rao, a headman of the fisherman community at Mediguda village as he returns empty handed from the Satnala reservoir. “Even prawns have been washed away causing us incalculable loss,” he adds.

P. Srihari, the Additional Director of Fisheries in Adilabad however, disagrees with the contention of the fisherman. He says the supply of fish is replenished with every inflow and those that get washed away with flood waters from a given reservoir become the catch at some different place down the stream.

“No”, counters fisherman Bavne Pochiram. “The constant sudden rush of water empties all the fish in the local streams and rivulets. Though there is continuous inflow of water in the Satnala project even now, no fish is being washed into it,” he explains.

The loss to the community can be estimated from the quantity of fish that gets collected downstream of the bucket portion of any project after the gates are closed. Villagers in habitations near any project take away several kilos of fish that remain near the spillway. Fishermen also stand to lose when the reservoirs are full for a longer duration, according to Bapu Rao. He says netting the catch is difficult if the tanks are full.

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