In a major decision to quench the thirst of parched Mahbubnagar district, the Telangana government accorded green signal for construction of Palamuru-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme.
Based on the detailed project report (DPR), Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao gave his nod for the Palamuru LI scheme and accorded administrative sanction of Rs 16,000 crore for the project. The government entrusted the work of preparing DPR of Palamuru LI scheme on August 1, 2014 to Engineering Staff College of India on nomination basis for Rs 5.71 crore. Rao examined the DPR at a review at Secretariat on Monday and wanted the officials to go ahead with the project.
Palamuru-Rangareddy LI scheme is planned to mitigate the drought situation in Mahbubnagar district and also to check migration of agricultural labour.
As per the plans, the government will divert 75 tmcft water from Jurala Project to Koilkonda reservoir. From there, the water will be diverted to Mahbubnagar and Rangareddy and Nalgonda districts. The Palamuru LI scheme is intended to irrigate 7 lakh acres in Mahbubnagar, 2.75 lakh acres in Rangareddy and 30,000 acres in Nalgonda district. Besides, the project will supply drinking water to Hyderabad. The government is planning to stabilise around 3.5 lakh acres in these districts which were under tanks. The Chief Minister also took another major decision on Monday sanctioning two reservoirs for Pranahita-Chevella project and also Nakkalagandi LI Scheme.
The State government will accord clearances to Nakkalagandi project only after the preparation of DPR. The Chief Minister approved Nakkalagandi project in-principle on Monday, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao told reporters after the review meeting. According to rough estimates, Nakkalagandi requires around Rs 6,500 crore.
The Chief Minister’s third major decision on Monday was to sanction two reservoirs as an integral part of Pranahita-Chevella project. One reservoir will be constructed at Pamulaparti with a storage capacity of 21 tmc and second reservoir will come up at Tadakamalla with a storage capacity of 30 tmc. Both are in Medak district and provide water to farmers. It was estimated that around Rs 9,000 crore required for the completion of these two reservoirs.
Big plans for parched land
- LI scheme planned to mitigate drought situation in Mahbubnagar
- Also aims to check migration of agricultural labour
- 75 tmcft water will be diverted from Jurala Project to Koilkonda reservoir
- LI scheme intended to irrigate 7 lakh acres in Mahbubnagar, 2.75 lakh acres in Rangareddy, 30,000 acres in Nalgonda
- CM sanctions two reservoirs for Pranahita-Chevella project, Nakkalagandi LI Scheme
- Around Rs 9,000 crore required for completion of the two reservoirs
Source: The New Indian Express