Jeddah: Migration to Gulf countries from Telangana State is likely to change in the near future with the Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) rejuvenation scheme, a part of the prestigious Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, becoming a reality. The vast majority of Gulf NRIs, who form the semi and unskilled labour force, hail from north Telangana districts, where the SRSP is a lifeline. However, such a key water source was neglected over the years. As a result of the shrinking employment prospects, many youths from the area opted for jobs in the Gulf countries. SRSP rejuvenation scheme is expected to end the woes of the farming sector in the north Telangana region which is known as the Gulf belt.
Also, Mallanasagar reservoir in Medak district, another crucial component of KLIS, will have an impact since Dubbak of Medak, Kamareddy, Yellareddy areas of Kamareddy district are expected to benefit from the project. These areas too have a substantial NRI presence in the Gulf. Many NRIs in the Gulf region firmly believe that Kaleshwaram Project will change the psyche of Telangana youth who hitherto preferred jobs in the Gulf. “Mid-Manair, Lower Manair and SRSP flood canals are historic, it does not merely flow of water but it aimed at empowering the people,” Juvvadi Srinivas Rao, noted Telangana activist based in Dubai, said.
One Kurma Mallaih,49, of Rampur village in Mallial Mandal had opted to work in Saudi despite having a farm. After working in Saudi for years, he had recently returned home only after falling ill. “I would not have come to the Gulf in the first place if the previous governments had taken up this projects,” he commented before leaving. Vannela Venkatesh (30), a native of Gumlapur village in Korutla Mandal in Jagitial district, dig borewells at five locations in his farmland but was unsuccessful. Finally, he landed in Saudi Arabia but had to return soon due to grim earning chances. Unable to repay loans, he later committed suicide.
Bopparam Gangadhar (42) of Naleshwar village in Navipeat Mandal too had a similar story. There were scores of similar cases where people had ended their lives due to mounting debts and lack of irrigation water. With SRSP rejuvenation scheme, the flood canals will be converted into reservoirs that will increase the flow capacity of all canals with water from KLIS to ensure that water flows continuously into the canals of SRSP and recharge groundwater by filling tanks, and other water bodies, thus putting end to water woes.