Adilabad: Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the construction works of the much-awaited inter-State Chanaka-Korata irrigation project across Penganga river are nearing completion, fulfilling dreams of farmers in the district. Upon commissioning, the structure will irrigate 52,000 acres of agriculture fields in both Adilabad and Boath Assembly constituencies, which were deprived of irrigation facilities.
The long pending inter-State project became a reality with the TRS government holding a series of consultations with its counterpart of Maharashtra in 2016. It is one of three projects jointly taken up by both Telangana and Maharashtra States, at an expenditure of Rs 1,568 crore. Accordingly, the works of the barrage, pump house, and canals were taken up at Korata village in Jainath mandal and Chanaka of neighboring Maharashtra State in 2018.
“The Covid-19 pandemic hindered the works of the project for a while. Still, the works of the project are being progressed at the desired pace. The construction of 343 meter-long barrage and installation of 23 crest gates have been completed recently. Works related to the protection wall of the project on Maharashtra side, lifts, pump house and canals are being executed now,” Adilabad-Nirmal division Chief Engineer G Srinivas Reddy told ‘Telangana Today.’
According to the authorities of the Irrigation department, works with regard to the 47 km-long main canal, about 80 percent works relating to pump house, distributaries and lifts have already been completed. Installation of motors, construction of delivery pipes and civil works of pump house will be done by end of June. Revised drawings of certain minor works are awaited.
Action plan prepared
The authorities are setting weekly goals and striving to complete them within stipulated timeframe. They enhanced the quantum of labourers, infrastructure and construction equipment for completing the remaining works of the project at the earliest. “An action plan has been prepared to provide water to agriculture fields by the forthcoming Yasangi season. Progress of the works is being monitored constantly,” the Chief Engineer added.
Farmers expressed happiness over the fast-paced construction of the Chanaka-Korata project as their crops will receive assured irrigation water. “I own six acres of land inherited from my ancestors. I have been growing cotton, red gram and soya crops once in a year. But I will be able to raise the paddy and other rain-fed crops twice a year with the advent of the project,” Hanumanthu, a farmer from Korata village beamed, adding, it would cheer farmers of Adilabad district, who had been dreaming the facility since four decades.
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