Nizamabad: Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) officials pumped water into the Flood Flow Canal (FFC) of the Sri Ram Sagar Project from the Rajeshwar Raopet pumphouse, releasing water to Morthad and other mandals of Nizamabad on Saturday evening.
Farmers of the district celebrated the momentous occasion by performing special poojas to the Kaleshwaram water at Morthad. This was made possible following the orders of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao directing the KLIS engineers to release water into the FFC on Saturday through the Rajeshwar Raopet pumphouse. After filling the canal with 0.5 tmc, water was released through nine newly constructed sluice gates to fill 15 tanks in several villages of the district.
Under the SRSP rejuvenation scheme, the SRSP is filled through the FFC by lifting water from the Kaleshwaram project.
Apart from using the FFC to fill the tanks in Mendora, Balkonda, Velpur, Yergatla, Morthad, Kammarpally mandals, some 0.5 tmc in the canal will be used by the district for irrigation purposes. Currently, it has 0.2 tmc and the pumping of remaining 0.3 tmc is on.
Each of the nine sluices gates, which were constructed at a cost of Rs 2.89 crore, has a capacity of 80 cusecs. Apart from these, six of the old slice gates can discharge 30 cusecs each. In all, the water will irrigate 2,600 acres.
Gangareddy, a farmer from Morthad, said that the water had reached Morthad and he was getting ready to start farming operations. He thanked the Chief Minister and R&B Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy for completing the SRSP rejuvenating scheme within a short time and transforming the FFC into a permanent water source.
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