Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the officials to keep the canals under SRSP ready to enable supply of water to the cent percent Ayucut by next year.
The Chief Minister wanted water to be supplied to 16 lakh acres from SRSP, another 24 Lakh acres from other projects and the total 40-lakh acres should get Godavari waters.
He said projects are being constructed in Telangana state based on its share of water in Godavari and there is possibility of utilising water from the Kaleswaram project from the next year.
He said that there is an adequate availability of water and funds, in such a situation if farmers were not given water for irrigation, it would be a great sin. He wanted canals in the 346 Kms stretch from SRSP to Nadigudem should be ready and the government is ready to spend any amount of funds.
Under SRSP 16 Lakh acres and 8.5 Lakh acres under LMD water should be supplied for two crops and all the tanks under these projects should be filled up.
KCR 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.
The Chief Minister held a review meeting on optimum utilisation of SRSP at Pragati Bhavan here on Monday. Deputy CM Kadiam Srihari, Ministers T Harish Rao, G Jagdeesh Reddy, Mission Bhagiratha Vice Chairman Vemula Prashant Reddy, MLAs D Redyanaik, E Dayakar Rao, G Kishore, Enugu Ravindra Reddy, CMO Secretary Smita Sabharwal, SE Nagender, SEs, EEs participated.
“Under the united AP rule they have shown SRSP as constructed and created an impression as though water is 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 we fought for Telangana State and got it and the results should reach the farmers.
Under the united AP Telangana had 950 TMC of water was available and this was not utilised. Now with the projects we are constructing we will be utilising 500 to 600 TMC of water.
With this we can give water to 40 lakh acres. We should work with an aim to provide water to 16 lakh acres under SRSP and 24 Lakh acres through other projects. Telangana farmers should not look at the sky. Provide them water for two crops from the canals. All the tanks should be full,” the Chief Minister suggested.
“Water will be lifted from Medigadda from the next June and from there water will reach Mid Maner and SRSP. From there water should reach Old Karimnagar, Warangal and Nalgonda districts. There is 8.5 lakh acres Ayucut below LMD, under SRSP but the canals system is not good.
Canals should be there for the flow of 8,500 Cu Secs and the existing canals have the capacity for 6000 Cu Secs. Increase the capacity of canals immediately.
The government is ready to spend any amount of money. The canals works should be completed before Kaleswaram gets water and by end of the next summer. Main canals, DBM Canals and farm canals should be ready. Mylaram. Rollakal, Phanigiri, Kethireddy Anicut, Kothaguda, Bayyannavagu, Matedu Tanks capacity should be increased to turn them into reservoirs. Increase the capacity of Parvathagiri Tank.
If need be, increase the capacity of other tanks. Estimates for this should be ready within a week or ten days. Invite tenders within 45 days and start the works this October. Works should be completed by next summer. Divide the work into packages and complete them” the Chief Minister said.
KCR said due to the efforts of the government formed after the Telangana State formation, an agreement has been reach with Maharashtra Government and new projects are being constructed. “We are constructing barrages at Medigadda, Annaram, Sundilla and Kothur.
Water will be available in abundance in Yellampally, Mid Maner and lower Maner. Water is available all the time in the 275 Kms stretch in Godavari river from Basar to Bhadrachalam’s stretch of 500 Kms. Fill up the reservoirs and tanks regularly and be ready to supply water through canal whenever it is required,” the Chief Minister instructed.
“There is availability of water and for the first time in the country we are spending Rs 35,000 Crore per year on irrigation. We have to take advantage of the situation. Local MLAs should monitor and supervise the works.
Ministers should ensure that works are speeded up in the districts. Mere review meeting are not enough, field visits are a must. In case of any problem solve it then and there only. MLAs and Ministers should feel it as their responsibility to ensure that farmers in their region should get water,” the CM suggested.
Deputy CM Kadiyam Srihari, MLAs E Dayakar Rao, Redya Naik, Kishore have made requests on the reservoirs in their constituencies to the CM.
The CM has responded positively to the suggestion given by Prashant Reddy on the modernization of Laxmi Canal, which is main for the Choutupalli Hanmanth Reddy Lift Canal.
The Chief Minister also instructed the officials to provide Lifts to give water to the fields lay between the Flood Flow Canal and the SRSP. He also instructed Suryapet and Mahabubabad Collectors to expedite land acquisition for the canals under SRSP. (INN)