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Nizamabad: Chincholi lift irrigation scheme in dire straits

Nizamabad: Chincholi lift irrigation scheme in dire straits
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A whopping amount of Rs 411 lakhs reportedly gone waste as the lift irrigation scheme launched by the Telangana government at Chincholi is not serving...

Nizamabad: A whopping amount of Rs 411 lakhs reportedly gone waste as the lift irrigation scheme launched by the Telangana government at Chincholi is not serving the purpose.

With a view to supply irrigation water to about 440 acres in Birkur mandal, the government dug four wells in Manjira River as part of lift irrigation scheme with an expenditure of Rs 411 lakhs in September 2015. Two motors were fixed for each well and supplying water from these wells to agricultural lands.

But leakages were formed due to fixing of low-quality pipes. And motors that were fixed to the wells developed repairs since the first day itself. During the Rabi season, seven motors burned out leaving crop in 200 acres to dry.

The officials neglected the farmers' repeated requests. Finally, the contractor got them repaired when the farmers staged a protest. Only four motors worked during Kharif season and now cultivation became a challenge for the farmers since at present only one motor is working.

The scheme worked well for about one year in the initial days. After that the motors are burning out frequently. Mechanics, after checking the motors, said that the motors are getting burned out due to low capacity starters.

The farmers are requesting the officials concerned and the government to increase the capacity of the starters, considering the 600 meters distance between the wells and motors. Since the motors are not working, there is no way of water supply to the fields during Rabi season. 10 farmers with Rs 2 lakh investment each dug borewells in Manjira River and laid pipelines from the wells to the fields.

Pipelines with Rs 3 lakh investment

A farmer from Chincholi, Subhash, lamented that he couldn't take up Rabi cultivation in his eight acres land as motors of lift irrigation scheme are not working.

"With an expenditure of Rs 3 lakh, I dig a borewell in Manjira River and laid pipelines from there to the fields. I had to spend Rs 2 lakh, which I earned from Kharif cultivation," he said.

'No Rabi cultivation'

Another farmer Ramakrishnaiah said that the government launched lift irrigation scheme to cultivate waste lands. "It's aim is good, but implementation is not good."

He said that they are not getting water as the motors are not working and didn't cultivate his two acres during Rabi season. Several farmers are going through the same situation, he added.

'Repair motors'

'My eight acres land comes under lift irrigation scheme. We informed the officials concerned about the burned-out motors but of no use,' said Ammula Pedda Sailu.

Ten farmers dug borewells in Manjira River and supplying water through pipes, he informed and requested the officials concerned to repair the motors immediately considering the problems of the farmers.

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