Mahabubabad/Warangal: Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said they were trying to complete the canal repair works under SRSP stage 1 and stage 2 before the completion of the Kaleshwaram project to irrigate nearly eight lakh acres in the erstwhile Warangal, Nalgonda and Khammam districts.
Addressing a public meeting at Kuravi after laying the foundation for several development works including the launch of the canal repair works at the cost of Rs 82 crore, Rao said the government was spending Rs 440 crore for the modernisation of the distributaries beyond Manair (DBM) and added that the canals would carry 5,000 cusecs of water.
“By the coming rainy season, the Kaleshwaram water will flow in the SRSP canals to irrigate the tail-end areas in your (Dornakal) constituency,” he said and added that 1.10 lakh acres would be irrigated in Dornakal constituency alone.
He alleged that the Congress governments had never bothered to provide the irrigation facility to the tail-end areas.
Stating that the water would be available at Medigadda barrage for 300 days in a year, he said the water would be lifted from Medigadda to Mid-Manair. From Mid-Manair to Lower Manair Dam to DBMs to irrigate the lands in the erstwhile Warangal and Nalgonda districts. “The works of the Mid-Manair were completed,” he said.
Earlier, he launched the repair works of the DBM-40 at Upparalpally village in Chennaraopet mandal in Warangal Rural district. The modernisation works are being taken up at the cost of Rs 17.23 crore.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the Kaleshwaram project would irrigate 18.50 lakh acres in the State.
“Nearly 2 lakh bags cement is being used per day for the Kaleshwaram project,” he said and added that the Central Water Commission (CWC) officials had expressed their surprise over the remarkable progress of the Kaleshwaram works. He said the erstwhile Warangal would be the first beneficiary of the Kaleshwaram project. He also said the Devadula water would reach the Pakhal lake to provide water to two crops under the lake.
“We have filled as many as 186 tanks in Narsampet constituency through the SRSP canals,” he said and added that farmers got Rs 210 crore worth crop.
He also praised State Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Peddi Sudharshan Reddy for his work in the constituency. “Sudharshan Reddy is a man of deeds rather than words,” he added.
On the other hand, Minister Harish Rao, who held a review meeting with the irrigation officials at Chintagattu camp in Warangal on Thursday night, directed the officials to complete the Devadula works on a war footing. Reviewing the progress of the Devadual phase III, he asked the officials to complete the package 2 works by July, 2018 and package 3 by October. He directed the officials to work in three shifts to complete the works at the earliest.