Telangana eyes 1 cr acres of ayacut

Telangana eyes 1 cr acres of ayacut
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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Thursday unveiled his vision to create one crore acre of fresh ayacut by re-engineering and redesigning pending irrigation projects in the next five years. In the PowerPoint presentation on ‘Irrigation-Challenges before Telangana’,

‘Andhra’ rulers stalled the irrigation projects taken up in Telangana on the pretext of environmental clearances or inter-state disputes whereas the projects taken up in Andhra and Rayalaseema have been completed on war footing in the Congress and TDP rule.”

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Thursday unveiled his vision to create one crore acre of fresh ayacut by re-engineering and redesigning pending irrigation projects in the next five years. In the PowerPoint presentation on ‘Irrigation-Challenges before Telangana’, he said the net irrigated area in Telangana was only 20 lakh acres as the T region has been neglected by the successive governments in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh.

‘Andhra’ rulers stalled the irrigation projects taken up in Telangana on the pretext of environmental clearances or inter-state disputes whereas the projects taken up in Andhra and Rayalaseema have been completed on war footing in the Congress and TDP rule, he said.

Announcing the Pranahita-Chevella project as being shelved, he said that instead Pranahita-Kaleshwaram was being taken up by re-designing the whole project. The Chief Minister said, "I wonder how former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy conceived the Pranahitha project without consulting Maharashtra, which raised several objections on the utilisation of water under the project. At least Rs 8,000 crore was already spent for laying pipelines and digging canals."

Stating that the objective of his government was to create a ‘Green Telangana, he said that 70 per cent of the project works would be completed in two or three years to achieve the target. After the construction of illegal projects by Maharashtra and Karnataka on River Godavari and River Krishna, he said the only water resources available round the year were Pranahitha and Indravathi (Godavari tributaries).

Depending on these water sources, Tummidihatti, Medigadda-Kaleshwaram and other projects were taken up to provide irrigation facility in north Telangana districts. The new projects on both the rivers would also help in stabilising the ayacut under Nizamsagar and Sri Ram Sagar, which have gone dry due to poor rainfall, he said.

To increase irrigation facility in south Telangana districts-Mahbubnagar, Rangareddy and Nalgonda, all pending projects including Palamuru–Rangareddy lift irrigation project, Dindi, Kalwakurthi, Nettempadu, Bhima and Koilsagar would be completed. Referring to increasing drinking water crisis in GHMC, the Chief Minister said two dedicated water reservoirs with 20 TMC capacity would be constructed.

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