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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Hectares of crop lands were washed away following a breach in the south canal embankment of Indravati in Kalampur block of Kalahandi district on Thursday.

As per reports, a 10-feet long breach developed on the canal that eventually broke a portion of the embankment near Pajen, inundating large swathes of farm land in the low lying areas.

Irate farmers of the area have attributed the breach to the substandard work on the canal undertaken by the authorities.

“We were on the last stage of production and hopeful of a good harvest this year. However, our crops have been washed away due to the sudden breach in the canal,” said a farmer.

“There have been regular breaches in the canal due to poor quality work. Its weak embankment is not able to withstand the heavy-flow of the water causing the long breaches,” he alleged. 

After getting information about the incident, two officials of the project reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

“Steps for the immediate plugging of the breach will be taken immediately after a quick assessment of the situation,” said an official.

Notably, several acres of farmlands had been inundated earlier in July this year following a breach in the Indravati Mega lift canal bund near Majhiguda under Koksara block.

The mega irrigation project was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on January 14 to help lakhs of people to irrigate their rain-fed lands in the district.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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