Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday directed the officials concerned to ensure that the canals under Sriramsagar Project (SRSP) are ready to facilitate supply of water to cover the entire ayucut under the project by next year.
The Chief Minister, speaking at a review meeting on optimum utilisation of SRSP water at Pragathi Bhavan, urged the officials to ensure supply of SRSP water to 16 lakh acres and another 24 lakh acres to be covered by other projects to take the total area under cultivation with Godavari water to 40 lakh acres. “Projects are being constructed in Telangana State based on its share of water from Godavari and there is possibility of utilising water from the Kaleswaram project from next year,” he said, and reiterated there was adequate availability of water and funds.
Focus on canals
Stating that it would be a sin if farmers were denied irrigation water in such a situation, the Chief Minister wanted canals in the 346-km stretch from SRSP to Nadigudem to be ready. The government, he said, was ready to spend any amount of funds and asked the officials to ensure that all the tanks are filled. The Chief Minister also instructed the officials concerned to study the viability of turning the tanks in Palakurthi, Station Ghanpur, Dornakal, and Tungaturthy constituencies into reservoirs and prepare estimates.
“Under undivided Andhra Pradesh, SRSP was projected as a project which had been completed to give an impression that water was being given. But water was never given at an optimal level. Water did not reach the final ayucut. Farmers suffered a lot due to lack of water.
Now that we have achieved TS, the fruits should reach the farmers,” he said, and pointed out that in undivided AP, Telangana had 950 tmc of water that was available but was not utilised.
With the projects under construction now, the State will be utilising 500 to 600 tmc of water, with which 40 lakh acres can be irrigated. “TS farmers should not look to the sky for rains. Provide them water for two crops from the canals,” he said.
Stating that water will be lifted from Medigadda from June next from where it will reach Mid Manair and SRSP, he said this water should reach erstwhile Karimnagar, Warangal and Nalgonda districts. “There is 8.5 lakh acres ayacut below LMD, under SRSP but the canal system is not good,” he pointed out, adding that canals should have flow capacity of 8,500 cusecs, while the existing canals only have capacity for 6,000 cusecs.
“Increase the capacity of canals immediately. The canal works should be completed before Kaleswaram gets water and by end of next summer, main canals, DBM Canals and farm canals should be ready. Capacities of Mylaram. Rollakal, Phanigiri, Kethireddy anicut, Kothaguda, Bayyannavagu, Matedu tanks should be increased to convert them into reservoirs,” he said, and asked officials to prepare estimates within a week, tenders to be invited within 45 days and the works taken up by October. Works should be completed by next summer. Divide the work into packages and complete them,” the Chief Minister said.
“Due to the efforts of the government after formation of Telangana State, we reached an agreement with Maharashtra government and have taken up construction of new projects. We are constructing barrages at Medigadda, Annaram, Sundilla and Kothur. Water will be available in abundance in Yellampally, Mid Manair and lower Manair. Water is available all the time in the 275 Kms stretch in Godavari river from Basar to Bhadrachalam’s stretch of 500 km,” he said.
Request for reservoirs
Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, MLAs E Dayakar Rao, Redyanaik, Kishore requested for reservoirs in their constituencies, and he responded positively to them. He also responded positively to the suggestion made by Prashant Reddy on the modernization of Laxmi Canal, which is the main source for Choutupal-Hanmanthreddy Lift Canal. The Chief Minister also instructed Suryapet and Mahabubabad district collectors to expedite land acquisition for canals under SRSP.
Ministers T Harish Rao and G Jagadish Reddy, Mission Bhagiratha Vice Chairman Vemula Prashant Reddy, and other officials participated in the meeting.