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Canal bridge collapses in Odisha's Jeypore

A major portion of a bridge over an irrigation canal at Ekamba village in Jeypore block caved in blocking water supply to around 2000 acres of rabi crop fields.

Published: 03rd May 2018 05:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2018 05:02 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

JEYPORE: A major portion of a bridge over an irrigation canal at Ekamba village in Jeypore block caved in blocking water supply to around 2000 acres of rabi crop fields.

Farmers alleged that due to lack of maintenance by Kolab irrigation project officials, the bridge over Dhanpur-Umuri minor canal has collapsed. While hundreds of heavy vehicles of East Coast Railway (ECoR) ply on the bridge daily, no step has been taken by the authorities for its repair and regular maintenance. As a result, a major portion of the bridge has collapsed blocking irrigation water to rabi crop fields.

According to sources,  about  500 farmers of Umurba and Dhanpur panchayats under Jeypore block had cultivated  rabi paddy over 2000 acres  of land  by getting irrigation water from Dhanpur-Umuri minor canal. While the crops are now at flowering stage, lack of water will affect the plants. Similarly, large  chunks of  crop fields in Ghatbagara areas  have been damaged due to Crop Residue Burning (CRB) owing to non-supply of water from Dhanpur canal  system, they said and demanded immediate repair of the bridge and water supply to their farm lands.

Meanwhile, hundreds of farmers of Ghatbagara staged  demonstration  in front of Jeypore  Upper Kolab office demanding water supply to their agriculture lands.Later, panchayat leaders of Dhanpur, Ekamba and Umuri appealed to the district collector to take early action in  the matter and save rabi  paddy crops. Executive Engineer of Upper Kolab irrigation department UR Bhotra assured the farmers to resolve the issue after discussing with the ground-level officials.



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