Malampuzha canal opens to help farmers
Palakkad: To tackle water scarcity and to carry out works on the paddy fields, the irrigation department opened Idathukara canal under the Malampuzha irrigation project on Wednesday morning.
The officials informed that they hope to start the irrigation through branch canals in Kuzhalmandam, Thenkurrissi, Kuthanoor, Piriyari, Edathara and Peringottukurissi by Thursday.
Meanwhile, the flow of water gets interrupted in the Idathukara main canal due to the waste, weeds and mud.
Hence, water mixed with mud and weed flows to the bank canals. It is reported that people who depend on the irrigation canal are worried about the contaminated water in the area where the cleaning of canals was not carried out.
As the bank canal was inundated due to waste, irrigation carried out for works in paddy fields from May 20 was stopped within four days. If the canals dumped with wastewater inundate, crops in the paddy fields will be destroyed.
On Tuesday, Malampuzha irrigation project advisory committee decided to irrigate the fields for 10 days to carry out works in paddy fields. The irrigation will be stopped after examining the water supply following heavy rain.
It is reported that the dam stocks enough water for the farmers. On Wednesday, the water level in the dam was 37.82 million cubic metres.