‘Closure of Chourai Dam gate inflicted heavy damage to paddy crop of farmers in Nagpur, Bhandara distts’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Sep 2017 09:34:22


Staff Reporter,

Farmers kick started the demand to reserve water in Pench Dam for farmers and held agitation at Chacher in Mouda tehsil of Nagpur District on Thursday. Shiv Sena is leading the farmers agitation and going by the under currents of the agitation the State Government has promptly taken note of it and decided to take-up issue with Madhya Pradesh Government. The bone of contention of farmers is that apart from poor monsoon the closure of gate of Chourai Dam by MP Government has reduced the inflow into Pench. This in turn has inflicted heavy damage to paddy crop of farmers in Nagpur and Bhandara districts.

Farmers from Ramtek, Mouda and Bhandara converged at Chacher, about 20 kms from Ramtek and staged the agitation. About 5,000 farmers gathered for the agitation led by former Ramtek MLA Adv. Ashish Jaiswal. Addressing the gathering, he told farmers that they would need to be ready for a prolonged battle, since even for independence people of the country battled it out with British rules for more than three decades.

Adv Jaiswal said he had forewarned Maharashtra Government about the emerging problem due to construction of Chourai Dam on the mouth of Pench river by MP Government. The issue had figured in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in year 2009 itself but no corrective action was taken by State Government resulting in current crisis. Now what should the farmers do to save their standing crops and who will be responsible for losses. He alleged that Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) instead of constructing a dam to meet its demand for drinking water supply is instead supply water for construction of Metro Project and fly-overs.

Member of Parliament (MP) from Ramtek, Krupal Tumane, Tapeshwar Vaidya, former Vice-President, Nagpur Zilla Parishad, Zilla Parishad Member Manda Lohabare, Zilla Parishad Vice-President Sharad Donekar, and others addressed the meeting.

Later, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule met the agitating farmers. He informed about the steps initiated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to find a solution to problem of Pench. Similarly he said a 11-member committee of farmers be constituted and whatever they suggest the Government would follow it.
Also Bawankule said that now that Nitin Gadkari has taken over reins of Water Resources Department at national level a solution to the issue would be found very soon.