Hyderabad: Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao on Saturday cautioned the department’s officials against being complacent in the new year after putting in good effort that fetched quite good results in 2016.
“The efforts in the past 31 months have yielded very good results in irrigation sector, but we should not rest on the laurels of the past. In fact, we should work with renewed vigour in the new year and live up to the expectations of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao,” he said, at a year-end review meeting with senior officials, including the chief engineers of Kaleshwaram, Devadula, Bhima and Sitarama projects.
Stating that once the Sitarama project is completed, Rao said Khammam district would not face any drought-like situation. “The department should also take up on a pilot basis the ‘tail-to-head’ system implemented in Madhya Pradesh on minor canals and tributaries as this will benefit farmers in the tail-end areas of the ayacut,” he said, adding that this system had been implemented on a tributary in Peddapalli district.
Later, reviewing the land acquisition process, progress and the ground situation in the implementation of various irrigation projects, the Minister urged the engineers to walk along distributaries, main canals and sub-canals and identify bottlenecks and leakages. “Details of such inspections and recommendations for permanent solutions to such problems should be submitted immediately,” he said.
Rao also instructed the department officials to utilise the interest generated by RRR funds which are lying with the district Collectors to take up emergency repair works which should be completed on a war-footing.
The Minister told the officials that water should be supplied from Mid Manair Dam to Lower Manair Dam in Karimnagar by 2017. The modernisation of SRSP and Nagarjuna Sagar projects had also yielded good results, he said, and urged the engineers to be proactive in their approach to work.