Road barrages to save every drop of water

Road barrages to save every drop of water
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After Mission Kakatiya and re-engineering of irrigation projects, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has come out with another plan to preserve water. 

Hyderabad: After Mission Kakatiya and re-engineering of irrigation projects, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has come out with another plan to preserve water.

Telangana plans 358 barrages across Godavari river at a cost of `1,718 cr

The Telangana State government has decided to construct new road barrages coming up on Godavari, Krishna, Musi, Pranahitha, Indravathi and other rivulets flowing in Telangana districts. These barrages would be developed as water reservoirs and check dams.

The Roads and Buildings Department will construct 358 such barrages on state highways, district and local roads across the rivers passing through the road network at the cost of Rs 1,718 crore.

The officials of state R&B department told The Hans India that the Chief Minister had instructed the department to ensure that the water flowing under the barrages are preserved and see that it was properly utilised by people staying in the nearby areas. The officials said KCR had observed that many existing road barrages do not have facility to preserve water.

Each barrage would be equipped with gates and anicuts which help to stop water gushing from rivers during monsoon season. An open space would be created behind the barrages for the preservation of water. The barrage-cum-reservoir would make available water for local needs like drinking water and irrigation purpose.

The officials said the new design would also benefit to increase groundwater levels. The government has identified 85 locations for the construction of new road barrages in Adilabad, 62 barrages in Medak, 46 each in Karimnagar and Nalgonda, Nizamabad (32) Mahbubnagar (39), Khammam (23) and in Ranga Reddy 11 barrages would be constructed.

On the instructions of KCR, TS Irrigation Department has been extending technical assistance to R&B department for the optimum conservation of water at the barrage sites. Precautions required during heavy rains and floods are also being taken to prevent any damage to the barrages.

State Advisor (Irrigation) R Vidyasagar Rao said the road barrages would function like check dams during floods. The government's initiative would certainly create new water sources in addition to the existing traditional tanks, ponds and check dams.

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