Farmers happy over tank restoration works
Farmer G Narayana stood staring at the dug-up slit and loaded it onto a tractor at Ladnoor village of Ellamma Cheruvu as part of Mission Kakatiya programme. The Ladnoor village falls under Maddur mandal of Jangoan assembly constituency.
His face was full of joy. When asked, he said they had been waiting for this for a long time. We are dreaming of a day when our village tank gets desilted and holds more water. Spread on 100 acres of land with tank water catering to irrigation, drinking and cattle needs of the village, people comprising mainly of washermen and fishermen depend on it.
“If this tank is restored, we need not worry for another 10 to 20 years. This will help recharge ground water level and fill all our open wells,” said Ramulu, a small farmer. As part of the Mission Kakatiya phase-I, works on this tank were taken up with an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh. Officials transport about 8,900 loads of silt to agriculture fields in a village. Equitably enthusiastic, another farmer Kotha Ravi said the silt will help in increasing agriculture produce. “This silt has more nutrients and we have the experience of putting it to best use,” he said. The officials proposed to take up strengthening of bund, repair of sluice and clear feed channels as part of the ongoing works.
Another farmer Bal Raju said that the cattle population had gone down owing to many reasons, drinking water shortage being one of the prime reasons. If the tank becomes full, the cattle population may rise. “If our tank is full, it will solve many problems for us,” he said. Contractor P Venkataramana Reddy said that the silt is very fertile and restoration of works for tanks could be completed by June 10. He said that as the heat waves are alarming, labourers are not doing field work in the afternoon.