The inhabitants of several areas of Nagam block of central Kashmir’s Budgam district Monday expressed resentment against authorities for starting dredging work in mid-season due to which paddy fields in the area are running dry.
As per the inhabitants of Badipora, Nowpora, Dalipora Nagam, and other adjoining areas are facing tremendous problems as local administration has started dredging in the mid-season leaving farmers in distress.
Mubasir Ahmad, a local at Badipora told Rising Kashmir that they are facing a water crisis from the past 10-15 days and paddy fields in the areas are dry.
“The concerned contractor under MGNREGA scheme has initiated dredging work in the local canals in the mid-season when the irrigation is mostly needed for the paddy crop,” he said.
Another farmer, Ghulam Nabi stated termed dredging of canals in midseason as unfortunate and urged the local administration to look into the issue.
“It can be the disaster for the local farmers who are mostly dependent on the paddy crop and have no other source of income,” Nabi said.
As per the locals ‘local canal which irrigates hundreds of Kanal in the area. They said the other areas which need dredging have been left out by the administration.
Block Development Officer, Nagam Chadora told Shahbaz Choudhary told Rising Kashmir that he would look into the issue.
“We have not received any complaints regarding the issue from the farmers . We will look into the issue,” he said.