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Karimnagar: Kakatiya canal gets water from LMD

Published: 12th Jul 2021 6:31 pm

Karimnagar: Water from the Lower Manair Dam was released into the Kakatiya canal on Monday for the Vaanakalam crops. As many as 3,000 cusecs would be released every day for 10 days, and if necessary, the water release would be increased to 5,000 cusecs.

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BC Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar, along with Karimnagar Mayor Y Sunil Rao, released the water. Kamalakar said the government had instilled confidence among farmers by supplying Godavari water through the Kaleshwaram project.

About nine lakh acres is under cultivation under the Kakatiya canal, spanning 33 mandals in seven districts up to Suryapet, the Minister said.

Pointing out that the LMD would hardly have five tmc in June and July every year, Kamalakar said it now has 21 tmc water against its storage capacity of 24 tmc.

“This is possible only because of the Kaleshwaram project, which was taken up by the Chief Minister to turn parched lands into lush green fields. Godavari water is lifted to the Mid-Manair from where it is sent to the LMD,” he said.

Earlier, local farmers used to stage protests demanding that water be supplied to other areas only after catering to their needs, the Minister said, adding even he had participated in such agitations.

The situation, however, has changed now with the Kaleshwaram project, the Minister said. “Against the usual practice of taking up cultivation in August and September, farmers are now starting sowing operations much early, pinning their hopes on Chandrashekhar Rao,” he said.


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