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Without water from Tillari, hectares of crops at Sal dying

Bicholim: The water woes of Sal residents seem to have no end with the residents now complaining that they are not receiving the water from Tillari irrigation project since last two days causing damage to their crops.

Recently, the Sal residents had staged a massive agitation against the lethargic attitude of the PWD authorities in supplying them regular drinking water. Now the Sal residents have again raised their concern over the supply of water to their fields through Tillari canals.

The problem has persisted since last two days when the farmers realised that the authorities suddenly stopped the water supplied to their fields. “This is the time that we cultivate chilies and other such crops. But without any intimation the authorities have now stopped water,” Dattaram Parab, a farmer from Sal, said.

“If the water is not supplied to us all our efforts would go in vain. We don’t know what to do now and if water is not supplied within next few days all the chili crops would die,” Parab said.

Around two acres of land cultivated and most of them have planted chili, but now with no water, the farmers fear that all their crops would dry up.

“We are totally dependent on the Tillari canal water and there are no wells nearby; so, we don’t know what to do. Chili plants need water at least every two days. And if water is not supplied, they would surly die,” Chaya Raut said.
“As per our information the irrigation department has got an order to reduce the water to Sal village. Here all are dependent on the Tillari waters. They have all cultivated chilies, banana and other such crops. If water is not supplied to these crops, they will die soon,” Meghasham Raut, a resident of Sal and a Congress leader, said.
The residents feel that the ministers should have done a survey at the ground level before stopping the water from some areas of Sal. [H]

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