When a pumping station project pumps misery in this village of Pernem

August 11, 2022 | 06:55 IST

When a pumping station project pumps misery in this village of Pernem

Farmers in Khutwal complain about 200 plants of pineapple, paddy, green fodder and other cultivated crops have been damaged; attribute the current situation to the ongoing work of the pumping station project

Team Herald

PERNEM: A pumping station being built right in the middle of the fertile fields of Khutwal will cost Rs 26 crore. But the damage it causes and will cause to farmers is inestimable.

The fears of locals, especially farmers in the village of Khutwal in Pernem taluka, have come true, as the rising waters of the Bailpar River have caused massive destruction to their cultivated lands and plantations.

The farmers claimed that around 200 plants of pineapple, paddy, green fodder and other cultivated crops had been damaged and attributed the current situation to the ongoing works of the pumping station project.

Villagers including farmers in Khutwal, Chandel and neighboring areas had opposed the Rs 26 crore pump house project which is currently under construction.

The farmers had raised concerns about the flooding the project would cause and warned the Water Resources Department (WRD) of the adverse effect of the project.

Part of the pumping station was submerged.

Ruzel D’Souza, a farmer, said: “The flow of water from the Tillari canal has caused the water levels to rise. Our pineapple plantation has been damaged. The green fodder is submerged which has caused major losses to farmers in Chandel and Khutwal including me. »

Adv Devendra Gaonkar said, “This is one of the reasons why the villagers opposed this project. Regarding the prevailing situation, the government should investigate the incident and get to the heart of the matter. The existing bandhara is wedged with logs which have affected the free flow of water. The water has now entered the farmland.

Uday Mahale, another farmer, said, “We had alerted the relevant department about the situation and also pointed out that this is not the right place for a pump station project. The project is a total waste of public money and it has inconvenienced farmers and residents.

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