According to the sources, it has been reported that distressed over the poor condition of paddy crop, the farmers from Athangarai village in Vilathikulam taluk thronged the Collectorate here carrying withered paddy crop. The President of the Farmers’ Club of Athangarai, Mr V. Uthandaraman who led the aggrieved farmers, sought the intervention of the district administration to ensure release of water to save the paddy crop accordingly. Merely depending upon a small pond, ‘siria kulam’ at Athangarai, as a source of water, the farmers had cultivated paddy crop on 500 acres. However, there was no water in the pond and the paddy crop had started withering. Therefore, it was requested to the district administration to release water from the Irukkankudi dam well in time to avoid any further damage of paddy crop.
Further, in this regard, it was narrated that if the paddy fields were deprived of water for some more days, the crop would wither away in the entire cultivated area. In case if water is not released, these farmers could face a huge loss. Hence, they sought a compensation of Rs. 25,000 per acre of withered paddy crop. Moreover, basic facilities such as roads, public hygiene and bus services were not adequate in the village too. So, a petition to this effect was submitted to Collector M. Ravikumar to seek compensation at the earliest possible.