Telangana State to pump 25k cr into irrigation 

Telangana State to pump 25k cr into irrigation 
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Irrigation sector in Telangana has got a big boost. The State government allocated a whopping Rs 25,000 crore under the plan for the construction of projects and Mission Kakatiya in 2016-17 Budget proposals presented by Finance Minister Eatela Rajender in the Assembly on Monday.

Funds for Palamuru-Ranga Reddy, Kaleshwaram and Sri Sitarama and Bhakta Ramadasu lift projects in budget

Hyderabad: Irrigation sector in Telangana has got a big boost. The State government allocated a whopping Rs 25,000 crore under the plan for the construction of projects and Mission Kakatiya in 2016-17 Budget proposals presented by Finance Minister Eatela Rajender in the Assembly on Monday.

On Palamuru-Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation scheme, Rs 7,861 crore would be spent, Rs 6,286 crore for Kaleshwaram and Rs 1,152 crore for Sitarama and Bhakta Ramadasu lift irrigation projects. Palamuru lift irrigation scheme would cover southern Telangana while Kaleswaram would cover northern Telangana.

Adilabad would receive irrigation from Pranahita and the Sri Sitarama and Bhakta Ramadasu projects would provide irrigation facilities to Khammam district. Proposals were also finalised for the construction of barrages on Godavari after entering agreement with Maharashtra government.

Under the pact entered with the neighbouring state, Medigadda project on Godavari, Tummidihatti on Pranahita, Rajapet, Chanakha-Korta and Pimpard on Penganga would be constructed.

The Maharashtra government had already extended support with regard to the projects proposed to be constructed on Godavari and its tributaries. With the construction of over 400 barrages across Godavari and Krishna and its tributaries by Maharashtra and Karnataka, not even a single drop of water has flown into Jurala and SRSP irrigation projects this year.

The only option left before the government is to utilise the waters from Pranahita and Indravati rivers. “Tapping the water from these rivers is the ultimate goal for redesigning the projects,” Rajender said. Under Mission Kakatiya, about 9,000 tanks would be restored. The second phase of restoration would commence very shortly, he added.

Later, in a review on irrigation with officials, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao instructed the officials to take steps for the construction of drinking water reservoirs in Hyderabad. The officials were also asked to stabilise ayacut at Yellampalli, Mid–Manair, lower Maniar, Nizam Sagar, SRSP and Singuru projects by effective utilisation of Godavari waters.

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