Poor foresight leads to bad irrigation projects in Telangana

Poor foresight leads to bad irrigation projects in Telangana
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Lack of visionary thinking among heads of successive governments is leading to faulty design of irrigation projects in Telangana, noted Sriram Vedire, the Advisor to the Union Ministry of Water Resources.

Hanamkonda: Lack of visionary thinking among heads of successive governments is leading to faulty design of irrigation projects in Telangana, noted Sriram Vedire, the Advisor to the Union Ministry of Water Resources.

Devadula lift irrigation project is a textbook example on bad project designing. The project was executed without constructing a barrage to store water and ended up as a failure. Without a barrage, how water from river Godavari could be lifted, he posed.

He addressed a meeting, jointly organised by Telangana JAC and Telangana Vidyavantula Vedika (TVV) in Hanamkonda on Monday, on effective use of Godavari waters. In order to rectify the design defect in Devadula, a barrage has to be built across the river at Kanthanapally, he observed.

He expressed surprise on the State government’s decision to shelve the initial proposal of building barrage at Kanthanapally. Barrage at Tupakulagudem, now proposed by the government, could only store 4 TMC water whereas Kanthanapally barrage could store up to 20 TMC water, Sriram pointed out.

About 500 TMC of water is allocated from Godavari to Telangana and the State could make use of another 500 TMC of flood waters. The government has to come up with plans for storage and carriage of 1000 TMC water from the river.

The government needs to increase the height of Kaleswaram project to 115 metres to store at least 350 TMC water. A series of barrages downstream should be built to convert entire stretch of Godavari into a reservoir to ensure an aviral flow of water, Sriram suggested.

If the government ensures to divert 100 TMC of water to Nagarjuna Sagar project, there is a possibility of getting national project status to it. The government should also make efforts to interlink the rivers to promote inland navigation in a big way.

By promoting inland navigation industrial growth could be boosted along the rivers, he added. The leaders from Telangana often display timidity when it comes to represent the State’s needs and it should be quit.

Questioning attitude has to be adopted to protect the rights of the state in making use of allocated share of water from Krishna and Godavari. Replying to a question, Sriram said compensation should be paid as per the Land Acquisition Act 2013 whenever the farmers or villagers are displaced due to irrigation projects.

The TJAC chairman M Kodandaram felt there is no specific planning to ensure adequate supply of drinking and irrigation water to Warangal district. As a result, common public and farmers in Warangal district have suffered.

Though many proposals were being made, but none witnessed effective implementation. The TJAC and TVV would launch a series of programmes to put pressure on the government to address the issue. Soon a round table meeting would be conducted in Warangal on the issue, he added.

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