Sangareddy: A team of Irrigation Department engineers from Maharashtra, led by Chief Engineer SD Giri, on Tuesday appreciated the tremendous efforts by Telangana government to revive agriculture sector in the State by restoring minor irrigation tanks under Mission Kakatiya programme.
The team visited various minor irrigation tanks in Sangareddy district to assess the impact of Mission Kakatiya on agriculture sector. After visiting Ganga Kathwa, a weir of Nizam era located near Sadashivpet, SD Giri said that they would submit a report to Maharashtra government requesting them to consider taking up a programme similar to that of Mission Kakatiya in Maharashtra to put an end to woes of drought-prone villages.
Suresh Kumar, Chief Engineer, Minor Irrigation, Telangana, said that they had completed restoration of only 40 per cent of minor irrigation tanks in Telangana under the first two phases of Mission Kakatiya programme. Since they were aiming to complete the restoration of all the minor irrigation tanks in next three phases of the programme, he said that the impact would be larger.
“We have been seeing a steep increase in ground water table and area under irrigation in villages where the Mission Kakatiya was being taken up,” he said. The five-member team headed by SD Giri comprised two Superintending Engineers and two Executive Engineers.
They were guided to minor irrigation tanks located at Chandapur in Sadashivpet. They later arrived at Chowdary Cheruvu in Pothyreddypally. The team also visited Annasagar minor irrigation tank in Andole mandal.
MLAs Chintha Prabhakar and Babu Mohan explained the State government’s effort to provide irrigation water to each and every acre and make farming remunerative to farmers. Superintending Engineer Padma Rao, Executive Engineer Ramulu among others were present.