"Rajanna Sircilla has become the hub of water resources in the State and Kaleshwaram water must end water scarcity permanently in erstwhile Karimnagar district," says the Chief Minister
Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao insisted that every acre and every village in the erstwhile Karimnagar district, must receive irrigation water from River Godavari. After the construction of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, he said Rajanna Sircilla district has become the hub of water resources in the State and said that water must reach even remote villages ending the water scarcity permanently in erstwhile Karimnagar district.
Reviewing the progress of irrigation projects in erstwhile Karimnagar district after participating in several programmes in Rajanna Sircilla district on Sunday, the Chief Minister said that the Kaleshwaram project which was constructed on Pranahitha River to divert Godavari River water to the farm lands of Telangana, was yielding good results. In the wake of increased water availability from the Pranahitha project and also upper catchment areas of Sripada Yellamapally project, he emphasised the need for optimum utilisation of Godavari River water.
“The importance of Kaleshwaram project will be known only when there is a drought in the State. We ensured that sufficient water is available through the project irrespective of the drought conditions and the optimum utility of available water will be based on intellect,” he said. At a time when all the reservoirs were filled to the brim through lifts, there should not be any scope for lack of irrigation water in the Godavari catchment areas of erstwhile Karimnagar, Warangal, Adilabad and Khammam districts. Measures should be taken to ensure that Godavari River water reaches the tail-end areas of Karimnagar, Jagitial, Peddapalli and Rajanna Sircilla districts.
Towards this, minor lifts should be set up and prior to commencement of monsoon, the river water should be lifted to high altitude places. Later, the water should be supplied to agricultural lands from upland areas using gravity method (on the lines of Mission Bhagiratha), he said. He wanted the officials to make arrangements to fill up all the tanks and other water bodies which were developed under Mission Kakatiya, with Godavari water. “I have brought water after lot of struggle. It is now your responsibility to make their optimum utilisation,” he directed elected representatives and engineers.
Chandrashekhar Rao suggested that all the legislators and higher officials to convene a meeting with the officials of erstwhile Karimnagar district after July 10 to discuss and decide the plans for supply of available water to the tail end areas. He asked Minister KT Rama Rao and other MLAs along with the Irrigation officials to prepare proposals and ensure water to every acre in every village in erstwhile Karimnagar district by taking into consideration of all technical aspects like contour levels and MMDL.
The Chief Minister stressed on the need to retain the past glory of Upper Manair project which is a boon for erstwhile Karimnagar district. “The local elected representatives must take up the responsibility and ensure that farmers commence farm operations during Rohini Karthe itself,” he added.
When abundant water was being made available even to the tail end areas under Kaleshwaram project, the Chief Minister found it strange that water was unavailable in certain parts of Balkonda, Korutla, Vemulawada, Sircilla, Jagitial, Choppadandi, Dharmapuri, Karimnagar, Manakondur, Ramagundam, Peddapalli and Manthani constituencies. He asked the officials to take steps and submit reports on making water available even in high altitude areas by supplying irrigation water with less labour and expenditure.
Chandrashekhar Rao responded positively to the request of MLA Rasamayi Balakishan to irrigate 10,000 acres in Manakondur constituency and asked the officials to send proposals. He also assured to visit Ananthagiri in Illanthakunta mandal of Manakondur constituency soon. The officials were instructed to release water from Nizam Sagar project as per the requests of farmers.
Ministers KT Rama Rao, Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Telangana State Planning Board vice-chairman B Vinod Kumar, MLCs Naradasu Laxman Rao, Bhanuprasad, Raghottham Reddy, MLAs Rasamayi Balakishan, Sunke Ravishankar, Vidyasagar Rao, Korukanti Chander, ZP chairperson N Arunakumari, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, CMO Secretary Smitha Sabharwal, Principal Secretary for Irrigation Rajat Kumar, Sircilla district collector Krishna Bhaskar, Engineers-in-Chief Venkateshwarlu and Hariram and other officials were present.
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