Three barrages on Penganga in offing

Three barrages on Penganga in offing
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Administrative sanctions have been issued to build three barrages across River Penganga in the district to turn the parched lands in Adilabad, Tansi, Talamadugu, Jainath and Bela mandals of the district into fertile lands. All is set for the Government of Telangana to sign an agreement with the Government of Maharashtra on March 8 to facilitate the construction of the projects. 

Adilabad: Administrative sanctions have been issued to build three barrages across River Penganga in the district to turn the parched lands in Adilabad, Tansi, Talamadugu, Jainath and Bela mandals of the district into fertile lands. All is set for the Government of Telangana to sign an agreement with the Government of Maharashtra on March 8 to facilitate the construction of the projects.

Also, it has decided to start digging canals simultaneously with the construction of barrages. The Government is planning to complete the projects within two years and provide water to ayacut lands. Execution of the projects is warranted as farmers are practicing rain-fed agriculture in spite of two rivers—Godavari and Penganga—coursing through the district.

Especially, the farmers of these mandals in the district are facing severe problems for want of assured irrigation facility. Talking to The Hans India, Irrigation Executive Engineer Susheel Kumar said as part of the pact with Maharashtra, three barrages will be built across Penganga at Chenaka-Korata, Rajampet (Tansi mandal) and Pinpad (Bela mandal).

The barrage at Chenaka-Korata will irrigate 13,500 acres. Further, the water from the river would be lifted through pumps to irrigate 37,500 acres of ayacut lands. Besides the administrative approval, Rs 362 crore has been sanctioned for the project. The barrage at Rajampet, the second in the series, will have a storage capacity of 0.7 tmc.

It is proposed to irrigate 2,500 acres in Karanji, Gubdiguda and Antargam villages. The third in the series coming up at Pinpad will have a storage capacity of 1.5 tmc with an irrigation potential of 4,500 acres in Bela mandal. Farmers’ association leader Bandi Dattadri has sought the government to shun unnecessary fanfare and execute the projects on time. The farmers of the district are delighted as their dream is going to be fulfilled at last.

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