Experts say, 42% of the 3,772 minor irrigation tanks of Karnataka to remain dry
By The Hans India 18-May-2019
Capt S Raja Rao, former minor irrigation secretary and water expert had said that, "The government slept on pending operation and maintenance (O&M) works of village tanks and other water bodies. It wasted precious time before the onset of the monsoon and now it is too late to even salvage the situation."
A progress report from the Karnataka Neeravari Nigama Limited (KNNL) says that, out of 79 major canal works under different irrigation projects across the state only 5 have been completed. Government records reveal 42% of the state which is 3,772 minor irrigation tanks, covering a total achkat area of 4.16 hectares, will be remaining dry even after one month of good monsoon rain.
Himanshu Thakkar, coordinator of South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People said, "The other area where the government has failed completely is the preservation of catchment area of lakes. The catchment area of almost all lakes has been destroyed due to various reasons including encroachment and government negligence. Without the protected catchment area the lakes will not survive. The catchment area should be preserved in such a way that rainwater should percolate into the ground besides filling tanks. There has been no such effort from the government."
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