Hyderabad: Over two hundred families of the Bandaraipakala village of Revella mandal, a village earmarked for submergence under the Palamuru-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS), vacated their houses when water from breached Yedula diversion canal of the Mahatma Gandhi Kalwakurthy Lift Irrigation scheme (MGKLIS) gushed into their homes on Thursday.
The breach was caused by the incessant rains and heavy inflows into local seasonal streams and tanks in Wanaparthy district since Wednesday. The village, 30 kms from the district headquarters, falls under the 4 tmc Yedula (Veeranjaneya) reservoir. The villagers, however, had not vacated their homes allegedly due to delay in the Relief and Rehabilitation package.
According to sources, the breach occurred in MGKLIS canal during the early hours of Thursday as lifting of water through pump houses was stopped due to heavy rains. The flood water from the breach gushed into the PRLIS open canal. The water then flooded part of the village. Many villagers loaded personal belongings on tractors and other vehicles and vacated their homes. They are camping outside the village since morning waiting for the knee deep flood water to recede so that they can return home.
Incidentally, Minister for Agriculture Singireddy Niranjan Reddy had, in August, directed the revenue officials to speed up the R&R package to Yedula and Narlapur villages so that the PRLIS work can be expedited. Villagers say they are ready to vacate the village if the government provides them an alternative site.
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