Supporting the stage-2 canals, people requested the officials to take up measures to pay compensation to farmers whose lands were acquired for the canals as per the market value of the land
Nalgonda: Officials on Tuesday recorded the views of 23 persons at an environmental public hearing on stage-II canals of Palamuru-Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) at Kondamallepally in Nalgonda district. Supporting the stage-2 canals, they requested the officials to take up measures to pay compensation to farmers whose lands were acquired for the canals as per the market value of the land.
The environmental public hearing was conducted under the supervision of District Collector Prashant Jeevan Patil.
Explaining the details of the project, Executive Engineer of the project Ravinder said that PRLIS was taken up by the State government to stop migration of people from Mahabubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Narayanapet, Ranga Reddy, Vikarabad and Nalgonda district and provide irrigation facility to the farmers of these districts. Irrigation facility would be provided to 12,30,000 acres and drinking water facility to 1,226 villages by impounding water in six reservoirs in six districts through the project by drawing 90 tmc of water from Srisailam reservoir. PRLIS consists of five pump houses, he said, adding that the total length of 13 main canals and distributary canals would be 915 km.
He said 29,339 acres of land in 16 villages in Marriguda and Chinthapally mandals in Nalgonda district would get irrigation facility through Venkatadri and Lakshmi Devipally reservoirs under the project. About 494 acres of land would be acquired from farmers in Nalgonda district for the canals.
Patil said the project would also help improve ground water level as well as irrigation facility to ayacut farmers and fish farming. Environmental public hearing was mandatory to get permission for the canal works, he said, and urged the people to give their opinion without any fear at the the public hearing.
All 23 who expressed their views at the public hearing supported the canal works and sought market rate for lands acquired for the project.
Superintendent of Police A V Ranganath, PRLIS Chief Engineer Hameed Khan and Pollution Control Board Executive Engineer Rajender were also present.
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