Sangareddy: With the water level receding in Singur project, a crocodile entered the intake well of Mission Bhagiratha Project on Friday at Peddareddypet in the backwaters of Singur across river Manjira.
After noticing the crocodile inside the intake well, the staff of Mission Bhagiratha called up the forest authorities. Forest Range Officer, Sangareddy, Sham Kumar said he deputed his staff to rescue the reptile. He said that the team led by Forest Beat Officer Laxman rescued and released it into Singur Project at Pocharam village in Pulkal Mandal. The gigantic size of the amphibian made the rescue operation a laborious task for the team and it took some time for the forest staff to catch it safely.
The incidents of crocodiles straying out of Singur and Manjira project were reported in 2015, and 2016 when the two projects were parched following a dry spell. However, the catchment area of river Manjira had witnessed heavy flood in 2016 and moderate rains in 2017, but it had almost no inflows this year owing to poor rains in the catchment area. People were fearful that more crocodiles may come out of the project because the water level touched dead storage in Singur. The two projects constructed across river Manjira were expected to have over 500 mugger crocodiles.