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Musi project water to be released from Dec 18

Musi project water to be released from Dec 18
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Ayacut lands under Musi project will get irrigation water for this Rabi season as the government and irrigation officials decided to release the water...

Nalgonda: Ayacut lands under Musi project will get irrigation water for this Rabi season as the government and irrigation officials decided to release the water to left and right canals of Musi from December 18. The government’s move will make about 30,000 acres flourish with green crops. Musi project covers 42 villages in eight mandals in both Nalgonda and Suryapet districts.

According to sources, the canals were in a pitiable condition at Bopparam, Kasanagodu, Kothapeta, Ketepally, Chikatigudem, Uppalapahad, Tungaturthy, Cherukupally, Koppolu and Bheemaram villages. The main canals and distributaries were never repaired after the Musi Project construction was completed. Even though the government had sanctioned Rs 70 crores for the modernisation of Musi, the officials were not in a position to start the works due to the initiation of cultivation in Rabi season under the project area.

As the main canals and distributaries are in deplorable status, it became a herculean task for the officials to release water to 30,000 acres from these canals from December 18. As per official information, presently Musi reservoir has 4.4 TMC water. Everyday 2 lakh gallons of water is being released to cater to the drinking needs of Suryapet town. The officials have allocated 3 tmc water for irrigation purpose. Water would be released as per on and off system in a span of 60 days.

The on and off system will be followed for wetting the lands under the project in four phases. Water in the first phase will be released to canals from December 18 to January 11, 2018. Second phase wetting starts from January 22 to February 6, third wetting will be from February 16 to March 3 and the final and fourth wetting of crops starts from March 13 and concludes on March 29.

Project Engineer Ramesh urged the ayacut farmers of left and right canals of Musi to extend their co-operation during water release in on and off system. Action would be taken against those, who violates the rules of the system, he warned.

Rythu Samanvaya Samithi (farmer co-ordination committee) mandal president Kancharla Bhoopal Reddy expressed his pleasure over sanctioning Rs 54 crores for the modernisation of Musi project. The farmers of Musi ayacut are very happy over the schedules of water release for Rabi season. After completing the modernization works of Musi, all issues would be addressed and tail-end farmers will also get sufficient water to their lands, he added.

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