Daijiworld Media Network - Kasargod (SP)
Kasargod, Feb 7: Most of the farmers in Dakshina Kannada district depend on the water they collect by building small embankments across the flowing streams to conduct agricultural activities. Most of the time, sandbags are stacked in the streams to make the water become a pool. These days, many have adapted improvised methods to block the water flow.
A vented dam-cum -bund has been existing for the last 60 years across a canal passing from under the Swarga dam cum bridge on Appayyamoole - Sargna - Perla road. This stream supplies water to about 50 acres of land belonging to 30 local farmers.
Parallel to this bridge, a new vented dam has been built at Posolya. Suresh Bhat V S, an enthusiastic farmer from Swarga who also happens to be a social worker, has built this vented dam cum bridge by spending his own money, after making two years of elaborate preparations.
He removed loads of silt and sand that had accumulated during the summer months in the stream for the last two years. In order to ensure that sand from the road does not get washed into the canal again and hamper the water accumulation, he also had got silt in the canal from Golikatte to Swarga bridge removed and conducted repairs. He had also widened the canal to see that more water gets collected there. To stop sand erosion in the canal and to feed water to agricultural fields till the rainy season, he has built a permanent vented dam.
He has used about 800 laterite stones to the gate of the dam which is secured with the help of four iron bars and by fixing planks on both sides and filling mud in the gap therein. Boulders have also been stacked to withstand water pressure.
Suresh Bhat's 5,000 areca nut trees are spread over eight acres. Now the water has accumulated for about a kilometer. As a result four acres of his farm is occupied with water. A fountain has also been arranged to see that the remaining four acres of farm also remain moist all through.
The water has accumulated for a length of over 1 km and a width of 10 metres. This dam will prove to be a boon not only to Suresh Bhat but also to other farmers. The dam will increase the underground water table and improve the water sources located in the vicinity. The bunds which are built in the form of blocks or dams are water sources which can be relied upon after the rainy season.