Farmers protest against DVC’s water release
Hundreds of farmers put up a road block at Kalna in Burdwan protesting against the release of water by Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) that left their agricultural land inundated with water.
The farmers apprehend a huge loss due to the sudden release of water as there was full grown paddy in their agricultural land.
The farmers claimed that they had found water in the irrigational channels rising two days ago. Suddenly the level of water went up so high that the channel got overflowed and the fields got inundated with water.
Some of the farmers in the area had already harvested the crop. But majority of them were taking the preparation to initiate harvesting. But at such a time, the field got inundated with water and the farmers are in a helpless situation as it would lead to a heavy loss.
They put up a road block on Burdwan-Katwa Road protesting against the sudden release of water at such a time. They demanded intervention of the state government and demanded compensation for the loss they would incur.
A farmer said that they were already in trouble due to demonetisation of notes and now the crop would get damaged as the field with full grown paddy got heavily inundated.
The road block continued for long hours and it led to massive traffic congestion in the area. A large contingent of police was pressed. But they failed to clear the road. Later, senior police officers intervened and brought the situation under control.
The farmers approached the district authorities and sought its intervention. The district authorities claimed that they had not received any information about the release of water or else they would have alerted the farmers to harvest their crop before the water was released.