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Work on Devadula lags as Kaleshwaram races ahead

Work on Devadula lags as Kaleshwaram races ahead
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While the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is making waves and creating a record of sorts since its works were grounded, the snail pace of J Chokka Rao (JCR) Devadula Lift Irrigation Scheme (LIS) that began 14 years ago presents a totally contrasting picture. 

Warangal: While the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is making waves and creating a record of sorts since its works were grounded, the snail pace of J Chokka Rao (JCR) Devadula Lift Irrigation Scheme (LIS) that began 14 years ago presents a totally contrasting picture.

The project, which was launched in 2004 with an objective to irrigate 6.21 lakh acres in three water-starved districts of Telangana - Warangal, Karimnagar and Nalgonda - continues to grapple with several problems such as land acquisition.

It’s said that the glaring error of the project is that engineers failed to look into the possibility of availability of desired water level (71 meters) at the intake point in Godavari river. It may be noted here that Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India also pointed out in its report that the project is one among those ill-conceived under Jala Yagnam programme.

Split into three phases, the authorities planned to complete the project with an outlay of Rs 6,016 crore, initially. However due to inordinate delay in commissioning the project, its cost was revised to Rs 9,178 crore in 2010 and currently it stands at Rs 13,440.

In order to ensure the desired water levels at the intake point, the irrigation department had planned a barrage at Kanthanapalli 25 kms downstream. However, the government, which scrapped it last year, proposed to construct a barrage near Tupakulagudem as it likely to ensure 80-meter water level at the Devadula intake point.

Although the first two phases of Devadula are almost completed, the works of phase-III, which is said to be vital, are lagging behind. The main impediment is land acquisition. The authorities still need to acquire a whopping 4,000 acres to speed up the works.

Speaking to The Hans India, Chief Engineer of the Devadula LIS K Bangaraiah said: “Efforts are on to complete land acquisition required for the laying of distributary line. Once the land acquisition is completed, the pace of works will pick up.”

The Chief Engineer, who is confident of commissioning the project by June 2019, said that as of now the four motors fitted at the intake points have the capacity of pumping 12 TMC Ft of water from Godavari intake point.

The works between Bhim Ghanpur and Ramappa are expected to be completed in two to three months. It’s learnt that components of 4L-Distributary System of RFMC of RS Ghanpur Reservoir and Tapaspally Distributary System are some of the important works that are yet to be taken up by the authorities. Land acquisition near Bollikunta, a suburban village of Warangal, has come to a grinding halt due to legal tangles, it’s learnt.

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