Govt firm’s eucalyptus farms at centre of water debate in Pudukkottai

For the past few years, water has been a major concern in Tamil Nadu. This year, water scarcity left city managers and residents, in many parts of the State, scrambling to meet their daily needs. Civic society has plunged into rainwater harvesting, recharging of ground water resources, reviving local water bodies, often at personal cost.

And yet, in water-stressed Pudukkottai district, the State-run Tamil Nadu Forest Plantation Corporation Limited (TAFCORN) has contributed to water scarcity and, according to reports from government agencies, stopped flow of rainwater to 78 tanks in a single taluk of Arimalam. Aside from the effects on groundwater resources, TAFCORN’s practices have affected agriculture and the environment, according to the district administration and locals. Now, a recent interim order of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has sparked hope among farmers and locals. Read more

Source web page: The New Indian Express

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