Karimnagar: The Karimangar-Hyderabad old road, which was submerged under Lower Manair Dam water four decades ago, has resurfaced as the water levels in the reservoir has gone down drastically.
Except for the thin layer of water at one point, the entire 7-km stretch has resurfaced. The first Hyderabad to Karimnagar road (used to pass through Alugunoor village) constructed by the Nizams on the outskirts of the town.
Groundwater table has dropped and almost all water bodies in the district have dried up due to the heat wave conditions sweeping the State. Villages, which have not received water through Mission Bhagiratha so far, were facing hardships.
At present, only 4.110 tmc water is available in the reservoir as against its storage capacity of 24 tmc. Though not a single drop of water has reached LMD, 250 cusecs has been released from the project to meet the drinking water needs of Karimnagar town.
Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) canal is the major water source for LMD, which supplies water to about 4.5 lakh acres in Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam districts besides drinking water to Karimnagar, Warangal, Siddipet, Sircilla, and Vemulawada towns.
However, only 6.097 tmc is available in SRSP as against its storage capacity of 90 tmc. It was not possible to release water into canals unless the water levels in the project reaches 40 tmc, Executive Engineer Srinivas told ‘Telangana Today’.
Farmers, who lost their lands under LMD project, used to cultivate different types of vegetables in Yasangi and paddy in Kharif season when water used to recede.
Speaking to the ‘Telangana Today,’ a farmer, Boolla Banaiah said they would cultivate vegetables such as tomato, brinjal, ladyfinger, cluster beans, green beans and others in Rabi and paddy in Kharif season.