Members of Janata Dal (S) including MLA S R Mahesh and MLC Sandesh Nagaraj were up in arms against the state government, demanding the immediate release of water from the Harangi Reservoir to canals to save the standing crop in its command area from dying.
The members held a demonstration at the premises of Deputy Commissioner’s office on Thursday, voicing concern over the plight of farmers whose standing crop they said was at stake owing to deficiency of water.
Mahesh said that farmers were in a state of worry fearing their crop would die due to the scarcity of water. “Many of them had raised their crops borrowing loans from banks, financial institutions and others. If water is not released to them for at least five days, their crop would be at stake.”
The protestors pointed that the government had reserved 1.16379 TMC of water at the Harangi Reservoir for drinking purpose. As on December 5, they added, the reservoir had 2.30259 TMC of water of which more than 1.3 TMC water can be used.
They demanded the government to release 1,000 cusec water daily for five days to both right and left canals to help farmers to yield their crop. They further said that releasing of 1,000 cusec of water daily would consume 0.432 TMC water at the reservoir.
If the government fails to release the water which would eventually result in crop loss, the JD(S) leader said that it will have to compensate those farmers with Rs 25,000 per hectare.
The protestors also accused the government of being insensitive to farmers’ issues.
JD(S) city president Rajanna, former Mayors Lingappa and B L Bhyrappa and others were present.