Two public interest litigation petitions have been filed in the Madras High Court Bench here seeking water release from the Vaigai dam for irrigation in Madurai.
The petitioners, advocates S. Thirumeni and S.M.P. Amalan, contended in their petitions that if water was not released immediately for irrigation, single crop farmers in Madurai would suffer irreparable loss. A Division Bench comprising Justices P.N. Prakash and R. Mahadevan posted the cases to January 2 for further hearing.
In his petition, Mr. Amalan claimed that single crop farmers in Madurai required a minimum of 80 days of water supply from the Vaigai reservoir for successful harvesting.
According to him, due to poor storage in the reservoir, water was released for the single crop for 12 days in September. Following protest by farmers, water was distributed in turn system for the single and double crops. Single crop farmers got water for 49 days in the turn system, he added.
He alleged that Water Resources Division of Public Works Department distributed water for the Cumbum Valley farmers who were ready to plant the second crop after a successful harvest of the first crop. But the water distributed to farmers in Melur was not sufficient for harvest of the first crop. Therefore, it should be released at least for five more days to the single crop area, Mr. Amalan said.