Hyderabad: The modernisation of Pillaipally, Dharmareddypally and Bunadigani canals is expected to be completed by December this year, providing irrigation facility to a total ayacut of 60,852 acre in erstwhile Nalgonda district from next Kharif. The earth works have already commenced and the government was able to acquire 867 of the 2,581 acre required for expansion and modernisation of the existing canals.
Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, responding to questions on irrigation projects in the Legislative Assembly on Sunday, said the State government took up modernisation and expansion of Pillaipally, Dharmareddypally and Bunadigani canals to increase their water carrying capacity from around 100 cusecs to 500 cusecs. “The earth work, excavation of canals, construction of check dams and other works are in progress with regard to all three canals. The government has accorded administrative approval for Rs 285.85 crore for taking up the canal works,” he said.
On completion, about 22,500 acre will be cultivated under Pillaipally canal, 17,787 acre under Dharmareddypally canal and 20,575 acre under Bunadigani canal. However, the State government is having difficulty in completing land acquisition for expansion and modernisation of the canals. The Minister urged the local legislators to facilitate speedy land acquisition in coordination with the officials concerned.
Meanwhile, a Detailed Project Report (DPR) is being prepared for proposed excavation of Chandra Sagar Canal to increase its capacity in Achampet constituency. The officials have proposed for extension of Achampet Branch Canal under Mahatma Gandhi Kalwakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme (MGKLIS) for a length of 14 km which would create additional ayacut of 15,000 acre including 10,000 acre in Uppunuthala mandal and 5,000 acre in Achampet mandal.
“We are examining the feasibility of pumping water either from Chandra Sagar canal or Dindi project for the benefit of Amrabad and surrounding areas which are at about 600 feet above the sea level. A final decision will be taken soon,” the Minister said.
Under MGKLIS, the government prepared plans to provide irrigation water to about 75,000 acre and efforts are being made to provide water to an additional ayacut of about 30,000 acre under the scheme in Nagarkurnool district. About 51 balancing reservoirs with 20 tmc capacity are proposed under MGKLIS. The works will be completed by next rainy season, Harish Rao said. However, he alleged that the Congress leaders were creating hurdles by filing court cases over completion of irrigation projects and staging protests for their completion on time to gain political mileage.