Minor Irrigation Follow Up: Ankudru Dam and a Near Reality


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By Ronald Saby DSouza
Bellevision Media Network

Moodubelle, 08 Jan 2013: Recently after the Sunday mass I happened to meet Jerry my good old buddy who knows my passion about irrigation, landscaping and so on. After a quick tea in the hotel opposite to Koradkal’s dispensary we headed out for some excitement. Later I realized it is Ankudru Dam. I was amazed at the beauty. I tried capturing some of it. Pictures may do better talking.


Ankudru DAM

 

Quickly my mind scrolled through few articles written by Dr. Eugene D’Souza about the same. There were also analysis articles by Philip Mudartha and Benedict Noronha.

 

Jerald Fernandes then told me about the features of this dam, water it may hold throughout the year, and agricultural benefits and the water supply which may never be  in shortage. There is huge open well and already pipes have been laid to the main overhead tank for the supply of water to Moodubelle and surrounding areas. He opined ample water availability until late summer and monsoon season commences. Good quality wooden planks have been used and storage shed is in place for protecting them during rainy season.  We could see a lot of overflow through the provision of two vents as a reverberating witness to ample availability of water resource leading to a big stream.

 

I was proud and happy that Jerry Fernandes is the chief promoter of this project and instrumental in reaching this project to a satisfactory completion.

 

According to Minor Irrigation Department, this dam has a holding capacity of 1 million cubic meters of water that can be used for utility and to irrigate 200 acres of land in Belle, Kattingeri and Shirva.

 

I must admit that fine tuning and a proper landscaping on the approach roads, surroundings on both sides of extended roads could be made in order to protect the road and further beautification of country side by planting suitable plants that provide shade and also protection of environment.

 

Moodubelle by Pass Road and Bobborya Kere:

I was amazed to see the new look of Bobbarya Kere and the amount of sweet water it holds. I was proud to note that Moodubelle will never have shortage of water for utility and cultivation if resources are handled and utilized aptly. Jerry had added several fish species into this lake. I believe they are keeping the lake clean to some extent and enjoying their existence occasionally jump above water surface and summersault challenging the birds and ducks those have adopted this lake as leisure home as well as  hunting ground and thus the ecology cycle.

 


Bobborya Lake and By pass road 

 

By pass road runs on the side of this lake with a healthy width. I hope this road will ease the traffic congestions on Moodubelle’s  main road thanks to haphazard parking on either side to make it airtight of a beautifully widened road. We should leave it to the competent authority to organize parking zones (Long term and short term).

 

Dindottu Dam and Kattingeri Lake


Undoubtedly chief promoter of Kattingeri Lake is Devadas Hebbar. Renovation early this year has ensured more depth and holding capacity to this lake. Hebbar has great dreams of making this lake a tourist destination with boat rides, leisure walk,  picnic spot and joggers paradise with plans to provide a road with greenery around the lake. If attended properly I do not see any reason preventing reality of this dream. Let us hope in near future there will be road around the lake with leisure seats to enjoy sunrise, sunset and beauty of lush green nature. Electrical pole and cables need a detour for the uninterrupted view.

 


About Dindottu dam we did not get to read news except for few tender details on google search.  Other side of the dam has a reasonably good road till Pamboor. From Kattingeri there is no motorable road to this dam. Local residents told me that a road to be constructed shortly by the side of Vally Alva’s home till the dam bridge. Though unlike Ankudru vented dam it is not functional here, there is plenty of deep water under the bridge and either side as long as you can view. It is Ankudru Dam effect. Back water from Ankudru has made it possible. Can it be any better?

 

One thing is true. Wells on either side of conserved water (river, vented dam and lake) will never go dry and will hold enough  water. Certainly water tables will gain steadily as a direct and indirect result of minor irrigation.

 

Kocharappu Bridge:

I somehow felt it looks like a lost bridge. I am not sure of number of people using this bridge though its width is quite good. There is still water in the pockets underneath which are not bad for mid December. I came to know that in Kanaradi local people hold water for cultivation (katta) with private efforts. Since the area around is still green and forest, water conservation will help local area.


Kocharappu Bridge 

 

 

I am proud about the fact that we have good political leaders like Jerry Fernandies, Devdas Hebbar and Ida Gibba DSouza working hard for the development of our native and surrounding areas, attending and solving the problems of needy where ever they can with their limitations. We have seen  some definite results in the recent past.

 

My personal opinion is, instead of finding fault and criticizing every now and then, our political leaders deserve appreciation too in order to perform better in the future. However, it does not mean that nobody should criticize anybody.  Constructive criticism should always have a place towards better learning curve.

 

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Comments on this Article
Nelson, Udupi / Bangalore Tue, January-15-2013, 3:05
I think Hemphil did not read the article or did not understand it. He is busy finding negetives. Waiting for his articles on farmers feelings.
HEMPHIL DUBAI, UDUPI Sun, January-13-2013, 3:44
DEAR SEEMA POOJARY,WHAT A NICE JOKE FROM YOU ,I COULDNT CONTROL MY LAUGH.AM NOT INTRESTED IN JOIN WITH POLITICIANS COZ AM NOT ENOUF PROFESIONAL IN DO THE BAD THINGS.IF I TAKE THE PICTURES ALSO I WIL NOT PUBLISH IN THE WEBSITE COZ I DONT WANT TO HURT THE POOR FARMERS AND POOR PEOPLE.NICE TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE SAMSANG S3.JUST ENJOY IT.IF YOU DONT LIKE MY COMENTS DONT READ INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING JUST TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE FARMERS FEELINGS ALSO......JAI HO KARNATAKA MATHE...GOD BLESS THEM..
Seema poojari, Udupi Sun, January-13-2013, 4:56
Hey Hemphil, I think you have also been to udupi on your dec holidays,cant you join some political group do some good things to the people of Moodubelle, why are you cirticising others, may be its they hobby to take pictures via Iphone or Black berry, you too can take pictures on Samsumg S3, listen do good to others, if you cannot do good dont do bad, just shut keep quiet and enjoy the feelings of the farmers.
HEMPHIL DUBAI, UDUPI Sun, January-13-2013, 2:32
DEAR MONTHU AND VICTOR IS 100 PERCENT CORECT,THIS PEOPLE ONCE A YEAR THEY VISIT ON THIER HOLIDAYS AND THEY TAKE SOME PICTURES FROM BLACKBERRY AND I PHONE THEN THEY MAKE PUBLICITY.DID THEY ASK ANY FARMERS HOW MUCH YOU GOT BENIFIT FROM THIS THE GREAT DAM........I DONT THINK SO.....JAI HO KARNATAKA MATHE....
pradeep kumar, mangalore Sat, January-12-2013, 2:05
@monthu and @ victor what u people are upto? very rarely people work for a noble cause and u people are discouraging them . You people dont deserve democracy, where People dont know what they are talking about.
pradeep kumar, mangalore Sat, January-12-2013, 1:59
@ Alphonse Mendonsa ,Sir I Have Great respect For Your Comments. You seem to be a Possitive person in your life. I have observing you from last two years You always put possitive comments. keep writting sir, India need Possitive thinkers like you.
Victor Castelino, Boliye/Dubai Thu, January-10-2013, 6:00
I partially agree with Monthu. For many generations people of Kurkal and Denduru villages used to build \"Kurkal Katta\" using mud from the hills and branches from the trees of Kunjaru forests. The completion (gandi) of the \"Katta\" was around Christmas every year. The purpose was dual - to prevent the salt water running up stream during the high tides and to harvest spring water of the river for agriculture. From Kurkal to Amavase Kalavu there were no other dams. The harvested water was used by the farmers having arable land along the river banks for two paddy cultivations (suggi and kolake)besides using it to grow vegitables etc. \"Kurkal Katta\" was the life line of the farmers. So, Monthu\ s point is when water from this hand made dam was enough to sustain the lives of the farmers all along the banks for generations what is the use of having many vented dams now when people are least interested to cultivate their land due to labour constraints and animal (and bird) menace. That money could have been utilised for some other projects. Only benefits are rearing fish, connecting the people through roads and sustaining water levels in the wells. May be Month is right after all.
Monthu, Moodubelle Wed, January-9-2013, 1:59
Ankudru vented dam is very good for breeding cat fish[Mogudu] and Mudunjis excellent fishing spot, I dont think our farmers interested to do their agricultural produce using this irrigation system. However nowadays people are interested sell their land go to cities live in the Flats its our new style because of labour and monkeys problem This dam good for our local politician to cross over nothing else Main problem in our village is drinking water problem is it helps our Moodubelle people. Money is wasted for nothing like Ankudru Dam , Kattingeri Lake, Bobborya Lake, I am not saying what they did wrong We should prioritize our planning for main need of our people not for the name.Only one thing is remain Moodubelle people depend on tears water nothing else.
Valerian Alva, Kattingeri / Dubai Wed, January-9-2013, 12:41
Thanks Saby for the beautiful photos and detailed explanation about the benefits of these projects. I am not a great supporter of any political party due to their ugly agendas, but I am quite impressed with the work done by these 3 locals leaders in Moodubelle and Padubelle area. Devdas Hebbar, Gerald Fernandes and Ida Gibba Dsouza have done a lot to our villages. The development work carried out in last 10 years was never seen in earlier 50 years. We need to support these local leaders when they do good job instead of writing some unwanted comments for cheap publicity. I heard that the water level in Kattingeri and other nearby areas has already gone up significantly and we need more such innovative projects in Belle. Let us support our leaders and encourage them to do more.
Alphonse Mendonsa, Pangla/Abu Dhabi Tue, January-8-2013, 11:10
Dear Saby, I was amazed by the beauty and resources Belle has for its people. yes, the photographs speaks volumes of water resources and if applied correctly will yield best results. I remember crossing of the river when I was a small kid with my heart pumping so fast but somehow managed it. Today it is different story all-together, it is a beautiful land, lots of water and irrigation projects. still a a lot of work to be done. I am sure Jerry sir can help in these projects to implement and complete so that the farmers will be able to produce self sufficient products and sell to the neibhoring areas as well. thanks for your efforts and show casing this beautiful land. Well done, great job Sabi and Jerry. Please follow up on progress...
Victor Castelino, Boliye/Dubai Tue, January-8-2013, 4:02
When politicians love the people and the place they represent irrespective of their political afiliations, this is what happens. In Belle we have young talented politicians who can deliver in spite of constraints and there are enough people who want to join them if only they are encouraged by constructive criticism. Thanks Gerry for show casing the bright side of Belle and Saby, we expect more from you. Both of you deserve "Urmal", garland, shawl and fruits for presenting the "completed products".
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Tue, January-8-2013, 3:30
The pictures talked. They told us the project objectives were to harness seasonal water resources for local irrigation and raise water table. Once upon a time, the locals did precisely the same, each year, with volunteered community effort, like what the Kanaradi locals told the author. Now it is the turn of locals to deliver results. Can the public treasury look forward to the local farmers to generate agricultural produce valued by an additional thirty lakhs annually?
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