Telangana CM Chandrashekhar Rao instructs officials to prepare action plan for water usage in agriculture

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday directed Irrigation Department officials to prepare an action plan for optimum utilisation of river waters through major irrigation projects constructed by the State government.

 

The CM held a detailed review  on Sunday at Pragathi Bhavan on identifying areas where irrigation facility was not there and the plan to supply water for those regions.

The Chief Minister emphasised the need to identify areas which do not have assured irrigation water supply for agriculture.

He directed the authorities concerned to prepare an action plan to make use of the irrigation projects and fill irrigation tanks first, followed by reservoirs before finally releasing the water to the ayacut areas.

He said for the Sriram Sagar Flood flow canal, more OTs should be created and with other schemes water should be supplied to fill the tanks to supply water to the lands where irrigation water was not available

"The state government is constructing major irrigation projects on Krishna and Godavari rivers clearing several hurdles, spending a lot of money. The government has completed the pending projects on a fast track. After the formation of the Telangana State, the TRS government had given top priority to the irrigation sector. With Kaleswaram and other projects we have now the availability of water in abundance," Chief Minister Rao said.

"We have to supply water to more Ayucut. Examine the capacity of canals whether they can supply water to the last piece of land in the Ayucut. If need be, increase the flow capacity of canals. All tanks and check dams should be filled with water in Telangana state. This will in turn increase the water level which can supply water to the borewells which farmers dug at a cost of Rs 45 thousand Crore," the CM said.

Chief Minister further said that there is a possibility this year that there may be more water available in Krishna River.

"Already the water is released from Narayanpur Reservoir. Hence, supply water to tanks from Jurala and Bhima Lift 2. Fill up Ramanpad Reservoir. Complete works on Kaluwakurty Lift Irrigation D82 Distributor Canal works and give water to 30,000 Acres this year itself. To store more water under Kaluwakurty Lift Irrigation area, construct a reservoir or increase the capacity of tanks," the CM told officials.

Ministers KT Rama Rao, Koppula Eshwar, S Niranjan Reddy, Vemula Prashanth Reddy and Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Nagar Kurnool MP P Ramulu, Government Whip Balka Suman, MLAs Marri Janardhan Reddy, Ala Venkateswarlu, Jaipal Yadav, Ravishankar, Sanjay, K Vidyasagar Rao, Kandala Upender Reddy, Principal Secretary for Irrigation Rajat Kumar, CMO Secretary Smita Sabharwal, Engineers-in-Chief Muralidhar and Anil, along with other officials participated in the meeting.

Kathalapur ZPTC member Bhoomaiah and farmer Sripal, who had a telephonic discussion with the Chief Minister earlier, also attended the meeting as special invitees.

 

With inputs from Agency

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