Jagatsinghpur, August 27 (LocalWire): The sluice gates constructed by the irrigation department in Erasama, Balikuda and Naugaon areas to control and release surplus rainwater as per requirement to avert water logging in paddy fields are in a dilapidated condition, severely affecting rainwater management during monsoons.
These sluice gates, built for the smooth conservation and distribution of rainwater in coastal villages failed to do their bit after being damaged but has been put to use by fishermen to catch fishes.
Thousands of hectares of paddy crops in Erasama and other areas of Jagatsinghpur district are waterlogged due to retention of rain water.
Irrigation department constructed nearly six sluice gates in different areas of Erasama for smooth conservation and distribution of rain water in the coastal villages.
Piqued villagers demanded an increase in the number of gates and also to repair the damaged and defunct gates that have rusted after coming in contact with saline water due to lack of proper maintenance and funds crunch.
They complained that the Hansua channel and Jatadhari river mouth have not been cleaned or dredged where water is released to avert water logging.
Sarpanch of Gadbishnupur, Sujata Behera, said ‘there is no proper water management at Baghadi sluice gate, main slice gate of Erasama block.
Due to improper conservation of water at Baghadi sluice gate, surplus water hit Anandapur sluice gate under Gadbishnupur panchyat and failed to control the surplus water causing water logging in paddy fields.’
Sarpanch of Ambiki panchayat, Saudamini Pradhan, said the sluice gate has nine gates but rainwater is not being released as per requirement due to insufficient gates on the sluice gate.
Farmers were forced to make a channel in the embankment for the smooth release of surplus water from paddy fields.
Executive engineer, Mahanadi South Division, Cuttack, Basant Rout, said, ‘We have been given the project to renovate nearly 50 dilapidated and rusted sluice gates in Jagatsinghpur district including 12 gates in Erasama block.
We have proposed to construct another gate near Nagari sluice gates where farmers are making channels to release surplus water.
Government has planned a permanent solution by properly maintaining it mechanically.’