Water supply for all farmlands: KCR

Water supply for all farmlands: KCR
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Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao instructed the officials concerned that all tanks under the Kaleswaram project be filled with the Godavari waters and all canals should be ready for this.

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao instructed the officials concerned that all tanks under the Kaleswaram project be filled with the Godavari waters and all canals should be ready for this.

Since water will be available at Kaleswaram from next year, all works should be completed in the meantime and the public representatives should monitor the works.

The Chief Minister agreed to release water for agriculture after keeping water for Mission Bhagiratha under SRSP, Nizam Sagar, LMD and Singur. The Chief Minister also decided to supply water to Nizam Sagar, Singur, Ghanpur anicut, Gupta, Ali Sagar, Laxmi Canal and SRSP ayucut so that farmers can grow second crop. He also wanted public representatives to ensure that there was no problem while diverting the water to the farmlands and advised the farmers to utilise the water judiciously.

The Chief Minister held a meeting with public representatives and officials of the Old Karimnagar district here at Pragati Bhavan on Tuesday on release of the SRSP water and its utilisation.

Ministers KT Rama Rao and Eatala Rajender, Chief Whips Koppula Eswar and Pathuri Sudhakar Reddy, MPs Capt Laxmikantha Rao, B Vinod Kumar, K Kavita and Balka Suman, Advisor to the Government G Vivek, Mission Bhagiratha Vice-Chairman Vemula Prashanth Reddy, chairmen of several corporations, MLAs, MLCs, local bodies’ representatives, officials from the Irrigation department and Mission Bhagiratha participated in the meeting.

The Chief Minister said since major irrigation projects were coming up utilising the due share of the State in the river waters, funds were also kept for the Irrigation sector and proper systems should be kept ready to supply water to the farm sector.

The public representatives should work hard to ensure that every farmland in their jurisdiction should get water and for this they should be after the officials.

He suggested that there should be a special lift irrigation project set up at Yellampally to lift water to 20,000 acres under Ramagundam area.

He wanted a reservoir to come up at Pattipaka in Dharmaram mandal to supply irrigation water to Peddapalli, Ramagundam, Mancherial and Dharmapuri Assembly segments.

He wanted SRSP capacity increased, repair works to be carried out on all the canals and every inch of land under the ayacut from the nearest to the tail end should get water.

“We are constructing a barrage at Medigadda after Pranahita flows into the Godavari for the Kaleswaram project. It is said that there is availability of 1,700 tmc ft of water there.

Barrages and reservoirs are being constructed to utilise this water. Public representatives should ensure that this water reaches the farmlands and monitor works in their areas.

The Bachawat Tribunal in 1974 had categorically stated that Telangana had 265 tmc ft share of water in the Godavari and the Krishna. But due to neglect in united AP rule, the entire tanks systems were destroyed and water could not be utilised.

Now with major projects coming up in the State, there will be availability of water and an action plan should be implemented to fill up all the tanks,” the Chief Minister advised.

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