JEYPORE: The repair of breach in canal near Gaganpur under Dhanpur distributary system was stopped by the contractors in protest against non-payment of their dues by Upper Kolab project officials on Monday. The breach, which occurred four days back, has stopped irrigation to paddy crop in 10,000 acres.
Sources said due to some irregularities in the Upper Kolab project, over 30 petty contractors were not paid their dues amounting to Rs 1.5 crore even after completion of the work.
They were supposed to be paid by March 30. As the dues were not cleared, the contractors staged a series of agitation at Barinput here but in vain.
Meanwhile, a major portion of the canal breached near Gaganpur. When the irrigation officials started the repair work, the contractors rushed to the spot and forcibly stopped the work demanding immediate payment of their dues.
Even the intervention of farmers to pacify the contractors did not yield any result. The affected farmers appealed to the Upper Kolab officials to resume the repair work to save their crops.
Meanwhile, Gaganpur police have started patrolling near the breached canal to avoid any untoward incident.