Suryapet: Twelve check dams will be built across Musi river between Tekumatla and Kasarabad villages in the district, it will provide a permanent solution to the irrigation and drinking water problems faced by the people in the area by improving the groundwater level.
The State government has accorded administration approval for an amount of Rs 98 crore for construction of check dams across Musi river. As per the engineers of Irrigation Department, check dams would definitely benefit the farmers in the Musi belt by improving the groundwater levels.
Musi Project was constructed near Solipeta village of erstwhile Nalgonda district with storage capacity of 4.4 tmc ft. And nearly 8 tmc ft of water was released downstream from the project every year due high inflow and heavy rains in upper areas. As the water storage capacity of the project was not high, the engineers have no option but to release the water from the project and the water would join Krishna river at Wadapally.
Keeping it in mind, the Irrigation Department has sent proposal to the State government for construction of 12 check dams across Musi to tap the released water to the benefit of farmers. The initiative would solve the drinking water and irrigation problem in 30 villages in the district.
In Suryapet mandal, check dams would be constructed on Musi river near Saibaba temple and near NH 65 bridge at Tekumatla, Nandhyalagudem, Dubba Rayanigudem while in Penphad manal, check dams would come up near Gangamma temple and Meronidabba at Anjanipuram village.
The officials had also sent proposals to the government to develop an old bridge on NH 65 at Tekumatla, which was constructed during Nizam era as a mini storage dam by setting up check dam of three to four meters height. It would help in storing 0.5 tmc of water at the place.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today‘, Divisional Engineer (Irrigation) of Suryapet RV Prasad said in addition to solving drinking water problem, each check dam would help in providing irrigation facility to 250 acres in the area.
As water would be available in check dams throughout the year, fishermen would also get livelihood. In addition to this, it would facilitate irrigation facility for 600 acres at Bheemavaram and Koppolu villages in Kethepally mandal for two crops through varre kaluva (canal).