MAVIL ARU DRY­ING UP

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY AMADORU AMARAJEEWA

The Mavil Aru reser­voir is fac­ing a se­vere threat of dry­ing up with the pre­vail­ing dry weather, an of­fi­cial of the Ka­van­thissa Farmer Or­gan­i­sa­tion said.

The reser­voir pro­vides water to 22, 000 acres of paddy in the Al­lai coloni­sa­tion scheme and farm­ers had now got to­gether in per­form­ing a gi­gan­tic task of sav­ing water that is left, by block­ing Ma­haveli water us­ing sand bags in the Kanda Kadu area.

“It is nat­u­ral that once in ev­ery two years, when the har­vest of the Yala sea­son is ma­tur­ing the water lev­els in the Ani­cut to go down. But

It is nat­u­ral that once in ev­ery two years, when the har­vest of the Yala sea­son is ma­tur­ing the water lev­els in the Ani­cut to go down. But it was strange that this time be­fore the re­sump­tion of farmer ac­tiv­i­ties of the Yala sea­son, the Ani­cut show­ing early signs of dry­ing up rapidly

it was strange that this time be­fore the re­sump­tion of farmer ac­tiv­i­ties of the Yala sea­son, the Ani­cut show­ing early signs of dry­ing up rapidly,” they said.

The Ka­van­thissa Farmer Or­gan­i­sa­tion stated that this was a step taken ev­ery two years, when the water lev­els go down.

The last time they did this was in 2014. The Trea­surer of the or­gan­i­sa­tion Asela Sam­path said that they had made the au­thor­i­ties aware of the sit­u­a­tion at the cul­ti­va­tion com­mit­tee meet­ings.

“The of­fi­cials were not aware of the water lev­els de­plet­ing un­til the farm­ers in­formed them. The farm­ers re­quested that a sys­tem should be in place well in time to over­come this sea­sonal is­sue,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent of the Ka­van­thissa Farmer Or­ga­ni­za­tion Su­dath Dis­sanayake stated that Seruwila, Veru­gal, and Mut­tur Di­vi­sional Sec­re­tar­iat ar­eas were fac­ing short­age of water. “The in­creased lev­els of the silt in the Mavil Aru Ani­cut also pre­vents water from flow­ing into it. There­fore the silt has to be re­moved first. Oth­er­wise the tem­po­rary em­bank­ment put up with sand bags would serve no pur­pose,” he said.

Com­mend­ing the ac­tion of the farm­ers, he called upon the au­thor­i­ties pro­vide as­sis­tance to the farm­ers, who were en­gaged in this act.

The Trin­co­ma­lee Zonal Ir­ri­ga­tion di­rec­tor S.M.B.M. Azaar re­ply­ing to our query ap­pre­ci­ated the yeo­man task of the farm­ers, but feared that they would not be able to con­tinue this ac­tiv­ity ev­ery year, and a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion had to be found.

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