Hyderabad: In addition to rains and Lift irrigation schemes such as Kaleshwaram that brought considerable inflows into distributor canals in the State, also equally benefited minor irrigation sources. As many as 2049 of the 43,759 Minor Irrigation tanks and ponds under both Godavari and Krishna basins were overflowing this Yasangi bringing in cheer to farmers located in the tail ends in the state.
A total of 11,157 tanks have water ranging from 75 per cent to 100 per cent of their storage capacity, another 6694 tanks have water filled up to 50 to 75 per cent of their storage capacity. Some 7601 tanks have water filled up to 25 to 50 percent and 16,258 tanks are yet to cross 25 per cent of their storage capacity.
A majority of the tanks that are full to the brim are in Godavari basin, especially in the erstwhile Adilabad, Karimnagar, and Warangal districts. As many as 1985 of the 2,702 tanks in erstwhile Adilabad are in surplus while 469 have water up to 75 to 100 per cent of their gross storage capacity. Similarly 54 Tanks in Karimnagar have surplus water, 2205 Tanks are more than 75 percent filled, and 799 Tanks were filled up to 75 percent. In Warangal, 1028 Tanks are in surplus, 3432 Tanks have reached more than 75 percent capacity and 719 Tanks have reached upto 50-7- percent of their capacity.
K Veeraiah, Chief Engineer Minor irrigation, Godavari Basin told Telangana Today that around 27 ,000 Major Tanks in these water bodies were taken up under the Mission Kakatiya programme. “The ” Mathadi” or surplus can be attributed to many factors. But the major contributor is the KLIS . There is water in the canals all the time and also the ground water levels have increased,” he added. He said that regenerated water which reaches the Tanks also helped rising the water levels.
On the other hand, 967 Tanks under the erstwhile districts of Medak, Rangareddy, Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar in the Krishna River Basin have surplus water in them. 2395 tanks reached 75-100 percent capacity, 2184 reached 50-75 percent, 4085 reached 25-50 percent and 13977 tanks reached 0-25 percent capacity.
Nalgonda had 431 overflowing tanks, 386 tanks over 100 percent full, 550 tanks 50-75 percent full and 623 tanks are 25-50 percent full. Mahbubnagar has 536 tanks over flowing, 669 Tanks are 75-100 percent full and 713 tanks have reached up to 50 percent. While land locked Rangareddy has over 3791 Tanks, 3420 reached up to 25 percent level, 245 up to 50 percent and 72 up to 75 percent of their capacity.
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