Farmers building check dam on river sans govt help

Khurda: In an exemplary act of community initiative, farmers from six panchayats in this district have begun building a check dam on a river to protect their crops from drought.

According to reports, around 400 farmers of Saradhapur village have been building the dam on Rajua river using sand bags.

The farmers of the village allege that the administration had failed to take any steps even after repeated demands to build a dam on the river. A a result, their crops were ferquently damaged due to drought or flood.

“We are building the dam with contributions of Rs 200 from each family and buying sand bags from companies to protect our crops from drought,” said Balakrushna Pradhan, one of the farmers engaged in building the check dam.

“Around 400 to 500 people are working relentlessly starting from 8 am to till 4 pm everyday to construct the dam. The dam is going to be completed soon with the help and cooperation of all,” said Krupasindhu Kahalsingh, another farmer.

When our reporter asked Guruprasad Prusty, executive engineer, Minor Irrigation department of Khurda, about it, he said, “Though it does not come under any scheme, I will send it for approval once the concrete design gets ready. The construction will be completed within one month.”