Prospects for farmers are bright, says Tummala
While BRLIP was designed to source water from Palair Balancing Reservoir, the Sitarama project was a redesigned version of Dummugudem project...
With BRLIP nearing completion, the Minister feels that irrigation needs of the district will be addressed soon
Khammam: With Bhakta Ramadasu Lift Irrigation Project (BRLIP) nearing completion and the tender process for the Sitarama Lift Irrigation Project in the final stages, it’s imminent that good days are not far away for farmers in Khammam and Kothagudem districts, said Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao here on Monday.
While BRLIP was designed to source water from Palair Balancing Reservoir, the Sitarama project was a redesigned version of Dummugudem project envisaging effective utilisation of Godavari waters.
The BRLIP is aimed at irrigating nearly 60,000 acres in Kusumanchi, Thirumalayapalem, Mudigonda, Nelakondapalli and Khammam rural mandals by Sankranti. It may be noted here that CM K Chandrasekhar Rao laid the foundation stone for the project in February, setting a timeframe of six months for the completion.
“Arrangements are in place to conduct the trial run of the lift scheme,” the Minister said commending the district administration for clearing the decks for land acquisition in no time.
He said the project would be a boon for the farmers in the region, especially to those living in drought-prone Thirumalayapalem mandal. On the other hand, the tender process for the Rs 7,967 crore Sitarama project, envisaged to bring about 5 lakh acres of parched land under irrigation, would be completed by Sankranti.
Meanwhile, restoration works of 1,800 tanks have been completed in the undivided Khammam district under Mission Kakatiya programme.
It may be mentioned here that government planned to restore 4,500 tanks under Phase-I and II of the Mission Kakatiya. This apart, modernisation works of Nagarjuna Sagar Project Left Canal have picked up pace in last two-and-a-half years.