A 10-metre breach in the embankment of the Kalyana Odai canal, which originates from GA Canal near Orathanadu, has led to inundation of hundreds of acres of standing crops in Thanjavur district. The district collector who inspected the 10-metre-long breach on the north side of the canal’s banks instructed the PWD authorities to plug it immediately.
Farmers have taken up samba paddy cultivation on hundreds of acres in and around Mela Ulur, Aazhi Vaickal, Panchanathikottai, Paruthikottai, Paruthiyappar Kovil, Uppankarai, Thumpathikottai, Kannathankudi and Keela Ulur. They lamented that since they have been irrigating their fields from the canal, standing paddy crops of 20 to 30 days raised on around 500 acres had been submerged .
District collector A Annathurai said the breach happened 11.30 metres away from Ulur village around 10. “The breach was caused because some trees on the banks had fallen. Subsequently, due to soil erosion, the banks developed breach,” the collector said.
“Soon after the concerned officials received the information on the breach, 840 cusecs of water released into the Kalyana Odai canal from the sluice at Soorakottai village was stopped and the officials swiftly acted to plug the breach. No residential area or cattle has been affected due to the flow of water into the paddy field”, the collector further said.
The breach would be plugged within two days and the water release would also be streamlined, he said. As the water flowed along the Thanjavur-Pattukottai road, vehicular traffic was affected on the stretch for more than 5 hours. However, vehicles plied normally on the stretch in the evening.