Breach in canal embankment damages crop

Malkangiri: Standing crops and vegetables in a large tract of farmland in Malkangiri district were damaged by a breach in a canal embankment creating a flood-like situation. A 25 feet breach occurred on Sunday in the Tamasha main canal of the Potteru Major Irrigation Project allegedly due to inferior quality of work at Dariguda under MPV-2 village in the district.

Executive Engineer of Potteru Irrigation Project P K Das and SDO Nihara Ranjan Samal who visited the spot were gheraoed by the affected people demanding proper maintenance of the canal and payment of compensation for the alleged man-made disaster. The people relented after being assured by Das that steps would be taken for proper maintenance of the canal and payment of compensation would be made after assessment of the damage.