‘Plan utilisation of entire water allocated by river board’

The government of Telangana has directed its irrigation engineers to prepare an action plan to utilise 299 tmcft of water allocated to the State by the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) for 2015-16 completely.

Minister for Irrigation T. Harish Rao told engineers at a review meeting held here on Monday that working in the department was an opportunity to serve the farming community and prevent their suicides by ensuring that the last of the lands in command area get the water under all projects.

He enquired about the progress of works he along with Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao and G. Jagadish Reddy inspected in Nalgonda and Khammam districts on June 15 and 16.

The Minister asked the engineers to work hard to meet expectations of the farmers under NSP left canal. He directed all officials working in NSP to create a WhatsApp group so that directions and suggestions from the government could be sent to them instantly.

Further, he told the engineers to take up jungle clearance, removal of debris from the NSP canals by July 10 and send the related videos to the central office.

Power supply

At another meeting, the Minister directed the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Ltd to change the high-tension (HT) power supply being made to the residential housing colonies (camps) of NSP in Nalgonda and Khammam districts and the colonies of Srisailam project left bank and AMR Srisailam Left Bank Canal into low-tension (LT) supply since the government had been suffering heavy loss owing to HT supply to the camps.

Mr. Harish Rao told the power supply authorities to fix energy-reading meters in all houses in the camps and directed the Irrigation Department officials to clear Rs. 38.8 crore dues to TSSPDCL. It was also decided to implement the similar charge in the project colonies of Sriramsagar Project, Nizamsagar, Jurala, Lower Manair Dam and other medium irrigation projects.

Source: The Hindu

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