Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday stressed the need to have plans ready to supplement water supplies from Godavari river to projects built on the Krishna in the eventuality of inadequate flows in the Krishna. He also called for fast-tracking construction and completion of ongoing irrigation projects in erstwhile Khammam and Mahabubnagar districts.
The Chief Minister was addressing a review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan on under-construction irrigation projects in the two districts. He said officials should also complete preparation of operation manuals for all irrigation projects in the State.
With regard to Mahabubnagar district, he said: “Godavari flows in the adjoining Khammam district. The district has large tracts of forests and receives abundant rains. A lot of water is available at Dummugudem and if it could be lifted to a height of 195 metres, then it will be possible to irrigate the entire district.”
Optimisation of resources
“Despite this being the situation, it is unpardonable that Khammam is a drought-prone district. From Dummugudem, Godavari water should be lifted and carried to Bayyaram tank from where irrigation can be provided to the entire district,” he said. Wherever required, reservoirs and lifts should be constructed and for areas where irrigation cannot be provided in the normal course, water should be supplied through local resources, he added.
“Water should also be supplied to ROFR and assigned lands,” the Chief Minister said. On irrigating erstwhile Mahabubnagar district, the Chief Minister said it had suffered a lot under then governments of undivided Andhra Pradesh. He said most projects were designed to rely on just one water source, the Jurala project. This resulted in Jurala not being able to meet the demands placed on it. This is the reason why the Palamuru Lift irrigation scheme was designed for using water lifted with Srisailam as the source.
Plan of action
The Chief Minister said a plan of action should be prepared to construct reservoirs and fill tanks wherever necessary to make use of water from Kalwakurthy, Nettempadu, Koilsagar, and Bhima projects. He also said officials should study the most effective way of making use of the Chinnonipally reservoir.
The meeting was attended by Ministers S Niranjan Reddy, V Srinivas Goud, former Minister C Laxma Reddy, and MLAs Marri Janardhan Reedy, Guvvala Balaraju, Ale Venkateshwar Reddy, Anjaiah Yadav, Jaipal Yadav, Rajender Reddy, Dr Abraham, Ram Mohan Reddy, Krishna Mohan Reddy, Patnam Narender Reddy, Puvvada Ajay, Haripriya Naik, Ramulu Naik, Rega Kantha Rao, and Athram Sakku.