Rejuvenation of Talloor Lake – conservation of water in drought hit places

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This is an article written(Mooted by Shivanand Kalave and Radhakrishna Badathi both having selflessly worked for conservation)


Why is it important for Yashomarga to take up the lake rejuvenation activity in Talloor ?

Koppala district is known for getting hit by drought which has been the case for this year as well. But the farmers around here, have this knack of covering up the black soil with sand and bring out crops. If the south west monsoon fail, they cant grow staple crops like maize. And if south east monsoon fail they cannot even grow pulses either. This implies that without rain, you don’t have food grains. Yet another detrimental effect would be livestocks won’t have fodder. On this note, during the last summer, when people where devoid of fresh water for drinking purpose, there were water tankers that were operational to serve the people. But what about the livestocks ? Without fodder and water, it’s hard to identify the mishap of these poor creatures.

In April 2016, there was a proposal to lift water from Krishna B scheme and the farmers got assembled to accomplish this feat. As an immediate requirement, they suggested to start Ghoshaalas to protect the livestocks. The pain of these farmers were heard to deaf ears and their agitation started amidst the drought hit region of Yalburga. They had a continuous agitation for 6 days and requested for filling up of the lake and to start ghoshaalas. They had literally stayed in taluk Kendras in the course of this agitation. Alarmed by this, the authorities finally bulged to start the ghoshaala. While we wonder why they were reluctant to start this earlier: the obvious reason is the lake by itself isn’t self-sufficient to quest the thirst of these animals.

  

If the silt is removed from the lake for upto 10 feet, then demographics would change. In 1976 a person names BheemanaGowda MaliPatil had pioneered in the activities of this lake, the same person came to the Ghoshaala with his livestocks. He was happy that these poor creatures atleast got their lives saved with this. Surrounding livestocks in villages upto 18km came to this GhoShaala to seek lives.

Farming on small lands:
If the silt is removed effectively, then water levels would raise and this would aid the farmers to handle any drought better. An avid farmer from Kusthagi called Ramesh Balootagi has been involved in conscious irrigation method since decades. Most of the farmers here, have around 3 to 4 acres and growing various crops on small areas has been a motivating factor for many other farmers around.

  

Water movement in Hyderabad Karnataka:
Silt removal is an effective project and has good set of volunteers .If the government and public work alongside Yashomarga, then it can be a model project for entire Karnataka. Obviously it does require some guidance from water experts and they are happy to share their knowledge. Hyderabad Karnataka cannot be forgotten for any of the farming development programmes in the state. From that perspective, Talloor is quite an ideal place to implement the silt removal programme. Well there can be some questions raised “If you try to rejuvenate a lake in an always drought hit place like Yalburga, where would the water be stored?” .The answer would be untimely rains have been a norm in this area, if you try capture this in a widespread region like this, definitely there is a hope of increased water tables.

Some numbers to ponder with:
Total lakes in the taluk: 92
Area of the lake: around 100 acres
Last time when the lake was full: 2012-13
Wet land area: Vajrkhandi, Talloor, Veerapura, Saalabhavi,Goravanahalli, Jarmanti, Gedagheri –in total 15 plus villages
Population: around 2 lakhs
Livestock population: 50000
Main occupation: Agriculture
Irrigation land: around 20000 acres
Main crops: Pomegranate, lime, papaya, orange, grapes, sapotha, mango, citrus, banana
Nature of soil: Black soil
Famous for: fruits, horticulture and seeds
Forest cover: Sandalwood, eruct, Melia Dubia (Hebbevu)

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