Suryapet: Farmers in the tail-end areas of Sriram Sagar Project Stage-II canal in Suryapet district have a lot to cheer, with Godavari water flowing through the canal filling up village tanks. With this, the farmers face a bright prospect of raising the second crop during Yasangi without having to worry about irrigation for the first time in many years.
Of the 348 village tanks in the SRSP ayacut in the district, 163 are filled to the brim and efforts are on to fill the remaining too. For farmers, it is all the more exciting as these tanks could hold more water, thanks to Mission Kakatiya under which the water bodies were restored. The Godavari water has been flowing through one village tank to another, virtually re-establishing the chain of lakes. Many of these tanks are overflowing after a gap of five to seven years, which made villagers come out in large numbers to witness the pleasant sight.
Under SRSP Stage-II, the Suryapet district has an ayacut of 2,12,959 acres, which includes Athmakur (S) mandal (31,714 acres), Chivvemla (21,154 acres), Penphad (14,386 acres), Suryapet (13,384 acres), Munagala (9,541 acres), Mothey (2,669 acres), Nadigudem (3,656 acres), Thungathurthy (22,873 acres), Nuthankal (18,026 acres), Jajireddygudem (23,823 acres), Tirumalgiri (3,360 acres), Nagaram (6,350 acres) and Maddirala (18,024 acres).
With Godavari water reaching Rayacheruvu in Macharla of Penphad mandal, which is the endpoint of SRSP canal, the farmers in this area are assured of irrigation this Yasangi. Borewells and open agricultural wells in the ayacut area have also come alive.
Godavari water released from the Medigadda barrage entered the district at Pragathi Nagar on October 20 and the flow was continuing at 1,237 cusecs. To increase the velocity of the flow, a hydraulic pump system was being used in the canal. Distributory Main Canals No 69, 70 and 71 of SRSP Stage-II cover 163 villages in 13 mandals in the district. The decades-old dream of farmers of these villagers for irrigation through the canal ended with the river water reaching their areas through the SRSP canal.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today’, Assistant Engineer (SRSP) M Amar said Rudhrama Devi Cheruvu, the biggest tank in the district, would also overflow in four or five days as the river water had started pouring in for the last one week. “We are regularly monitoring the filling of tanks through the canal,” he said.
Kasani Punnaiah, a farmer of Bollampally, said after six years, their village tank, Chouda Cheruvu, was overflowing after the Godavari water reached it. “This has improved groundwater level in the village and it is visible in open wells, thanks to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao who realised our dreams,” he said.
Perikepuram Nagendra, another farmer, said she had never dreamt of her agricultural lands getting irrigation facility through the canal, but it has come true after the formation of Telangana and the sincere efforts of the Chief Minister to provide irrigation to farmers in the area.
Marri Narsimha, a farmer from Ramannagudem, said they had to use buckets to water cotton spurts during Kharif to save them since there were no rains nor was there any water release from the SRSP canal, which is adjacent to his agriculture fields. “The State government should also release water to the canal in February and March, which is the sowing time during Yasangi,” he added.