TN: HC direction to PWD authorities on release of water
The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court
Thursday directed the PWD Secretary to pass appropriate orders on
the request for release of water in Palar Pourundalar river,
taking into consideration the interest of farmers of the river
ayacut, as expeditiously as possible.
A Division Bench of Justice M.Jayachandran and Justice S.Nagamuthu gave the direction, admitting a PIL filed by Pourandalaru Anaicut Rajavaikal Pasana Vivasayigal sangam, challenging the G.O on release of water for the left main canal which was new.
The petitioners said they were old ayacutdars and their request to draw water had not been taken into consideration by PWD department. They had raised crops in 5000 acres in Ayan Kalayamputhur in Palani block in Dindigul district.
They also said Sangam members had been urging PWD officials to release water to the standing crops which were permitted from September 15 to January 31.But till today no water had been released in Palar and Porundalar sluices and erroneously water had been released in the left main canal where only punja (dry crops) lands were located,they claimed.
Denying the right of water to majority of old ayacutdars was discriminatory in nature.PWD by choosing the left main canal alone for water release had deprived water and standing crops like sugar and paddy were withering,they said.