Jagitial/Peddapalli: The State government is giving top priority to irrigation sector and completing irrigation projects on fast track mode with a strong desire to provide irrigation water to one crore acres of cultivable land in the State.
Sumultaneously, desilting of distributaries of Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) have also been taken up in Dharmapuri constituency represented by Welfare Minister Koppula Eashwar. Desilting works of canals have been taken up on a pilot basis under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to supply sufficient water to tail-end areas.
About 82,000 acres lands in six mandals including Dharmapuri, Buggarm, Pegadapalli, Gollapalli, Velgatur and Dharmaram will get sufficient water once desilting works are completed, Eashwar said.
Three distributaries – D-83 (A), D-83 (B) and 11 L D-83 – of SRSP have been catering to the water needs of the constituency. Though water flows in the canals, the carrying capacity has declined due to silt piling up in the past 20 years. Besides silt, weeds, stones and trees have also grown in canals hindering water flow. With a view to remove silt covering a total stretch of 425 km of the the canals, the works were taken up on May 18. Of 425 kms, desilting has been completed in about 350 kms.
Eashwar, who is spearheading the desilting programme, has been putting in serious efforts to complete the works as early as possible. Besides inspecting ongoing work, the progress of works is also being constantly monitored by him at review meetings with officials.
Eashwar said that since the programme was taken up under NREGS, the locals were also assured of employment. So far, a total of 32,014 workers including 2,200 in Dharmapuri mandal, 2,100 (Buggaram), 5,500 (Pegadaplli), 10,888 (Gollapalli), 850 (Velgatur) and 10,476 (Dharmaram) got employment under the programme.
The Minister said that in order to provide irrigation water to tail-end lands in Dharmapuri constituency, the government had taken up desilting of SRSP distributaries. Desilting on the remaining stretches of about 75 kms would be completed within a week, he said.
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