Hyderabad: As timely gesture to help farmers to start sowing crops in the Vaanakalam season in over six assembly segments, the process of pumping 1 TMC water into the Sri Ram Sagar Flood Flow Canal (FFC) has begun. The water will provide irrigation to over 15 ,000 acres of land by filling 49-60 tanks and 34 off take points all along the 122 kilometer long canal.
The decision to pump water came from Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao following a request from Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy to help the farmers in constituencies of erstwhile Karimnagar. Chief Minister ordered KLIS engineers to release 1 TMC of water stored in Sripada Yellampally project to Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) Flood Flow Canal using the SRSP Revival Scheme.
Engineers have started pumping of water from the state of the art Gayatri Pump house at Laxminagar in Karimnagar on Thursday at 6 PM. From there the water reached Rampur of Malyal mandal of Jagtial district at 73 kilometer of the Canal where water is further pumped with the help of 2 motors at Rampur Pump House that lift 2900 cusecs of water .
“As on Friday 0.2 TMC of water has already been pumped from Gayatri pump house and the pumps will be stopped after 1 TMC is discharged into the FFC. The number of tanks to be filled can go up to 60 and the farmers are allowed to lift water with their individual pumps at several points so that sowing can take place in time for Vaanakalam crop,” Nalla Venkateswarlu, Engineer-In-Chief KLIS told Telangana Today.
The water will be fulfilling the irrigation needs of farmers in Balkonda, Jagtial, Choppadandi, Karimnagar, Vemulawada, and Dharmapuri constituencies under Link 2. The Gayatri pump house at Laxmipur in Karimnagar has 7 pumps of 139 MW each that can lift a massive 2 TMC per day to a height of 115 meters. The Gayatri pump house receives water from the Sripada Yellampalli reservoir via the Nandi pump house and reservoir.
The Flood Flow Canal is envisaged to provide Irrigation potential to an area of 2.2 lakh acres in the drought prone areas of the State by diverting about 20 TMC of surplus waters from Sri Ram Sagar Project during floods and storing in balancing reservoirs. Under re-engineering of the FFC project, the ayacut has been increased to 2.52 lakh acres.
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