Jagatsinghpur, August 8 (LocalWire): Thousands of acres of paddy is submerged as rainwater could not be released through Hansua river that is choked by weeds and silt and caused flooding of farms in Raghunathpur, Jagatsinghpur, Tirtol and Erasama.
Nearly 25,000 hectares in Jagatsinghpur district are waterlogged due to incessant rain for the last three days.
Transplanting paddy has been affected in Birdi, Raghunathpur, Jagatsinghpur, Tirtol, Erasama and Balikuda.
The Hansua river is actually a drainage channel with a 98 kilometre-catchment area from Kandarpur to Erasama.
Farmers use the water from this channel for transplantation of paddy during during rabi and kharif seasons through lift irrigation points in the event of scanty rainfall and delay in supply of irrigated water through the canal.
Out of 17,806 hectares, 5003 hectares are irrigated land.
After yesterday’s heavy rainfall, Fields are waterlogged and if the stagnant rainwater is not released within a day or two, the paddy seedlings that were transplanted will rot.
Farmers from Dhardharpur, Kuamanga, Kotakana, Kandapadi, Purnabasant, Eradanaga, Sadeipur, Adheikula, Nuapallei, Gokulpur, Pitamberpur and other villages of Raghunathpur block alleged that since Hansua is full of weed it is difficult to release rainwater through the channel.
Government allocated Rs 12 crores in 2015-16for the renovation of the Hanusa river by dredging the first 40 kilometres and construction of seven bridges over the channel.
But till now no fund has yet been allocated for dredging beyond 40 kms although silt has deposited.
Farmers urged for the dredging and cleaning of the Hansua channel and Jatadhari river-mouth to release water and avert waterlogging.
Executive engineer, drainage division, Ashish Kumar Mishra confessed, ‘There is no fund allocation for dredging and renovation of Hansua drainage from 40 to 58 kms.
The renovation work from 0 to 40 kms will be completed soon.
Due to funds crunch, weeds couldn’t be cleaned from the channel and as a result rainwater could not be released.’