District In charge Govind Karjol today said that a Proposal of Rs 800 crore for the improvement of Ballari Nala to permanently solve farmers problems has been sent to government for approval. Will put efforts to get approval & sanction amount in next budget.
For farmers cultivating on the banks of Bellary Nala in Belagavi, each monsoon is a challenge.
Frequent flooding of Bellary Nala that has been causing them huge losses for the past seven years. The farmers have been demanding that officials desilt the nala, but no action has been taken so far.
Heavy rains in the past 2-3 days have flooded Bellary Nala and submerged the fields flood water and slapping heavy losses for farmers.
This is not new for the farmers as each year for the past 6-7 years the fields on the banks of the Nala are flooded, making the survival of the farmers difficult.
On numerous occasions, the farmers had demanded that the Nala be de-silted but as always no one wants to hear to what a farmer says and the result is heavy losses for the farmers.
The banks of June Belgaon, Halga, Vadgaon, Shahapur, Bastwad, Basavan-Kudachi and surrounding areas are the worst hit.
What is Bellary Nala ?
Bellary Nala is a river in southern India. It rises in the Yellur in Belgaum Taluk of Karnataka state, flows towards the South-eastern side of the Belagavi city and flows through Halga, Vadgaon, Shahapur, Bastwad, Basavan Kudchi, Angol, Mutga, Sambra, Muchandi, Sulebhavi Khangaon, Hudali, Suldhal, Malamaradi, Budihal, Ankalgi, Akkatangerahal, Kundargi and many villages before reaching its confluence into the Markandeya river at near Karaguppi in Hukkeri Taluk (2 kilometers (1.2 mi) from Pachapur Railway Station) Source – Wikipedia.
The 30-km stretch of Bellary Nala traverses through dense industrial and populated clusters and agriculture farms before joining Markandeya river.
Government of Karnataka is constructing an irrigation dam across Bellary Nala.
The Bellary nala irrigation project envisages to irrigate 8200 Hectares of land in Belgaum, Gokak, Saundatti & Bailahongal taluks of Belgaum district by constructing a dam across Bellary nala, which is a main tributary to Markandeya river.
Excavation for dam foundation, concreting in block 1 to 6 and 8 to 18 are partly completed. Total length of main canal is 106 km, works in reach from km 44 to 106 are under progress. (Except km 1 to 10 & 32 to 40, which is under forest area).
Belagavi Nala is a tributary of Bellary nala, which rises at Laxmi Tekdi in Belgaum city and confluences near Laxminagar in the outskirts of Belagavi.