The KCR government is determined to make Telangana farms greener with Godavari waters. Plans are being drawn up with the aim of irrigating lakhs of acres and providing drinking water to lakhs of people.
lift irrigation projects on Singur : The KCR government is determined to make Telangana farms greener with Godavari waters. Plans are being drawn up with the aim of irrigating lakhs of acres and providing drinking water to lakhs of people. Under the Sriramsagar, Nijansagar and Singur projects, the way is being paved for strategic stabilization. It is well known that the Kaleswaram project is the largest upliftment scheme in the world.
The Kaleswaram Upliftment Scheme, a Bhagiratha attempt to divert Godavari waters to Telangana Beed lands, has come into effect. The government has recently unveiled two other key proposals, which are aimed at diverting Krishna and Godavari waters to irrigated areas in the state. Work has been expedited to increase the availability of water to the Singur Reservoir through the Kaleswaram Upliftment Scheme. As a continuation of this, Singur is reportedly planning for two major uplift projects based on water. Basaveshwara and Sangameshwara Upliftment Schemes are being set up to irrigate about 2.3 lakh acres of strategically located Narayankhed and Zaheerabad constituencies. These two projects under the direction of Chief kecandrasekharravu Irrigation Department for a detailed project report is under preparation.
It is a known fact that the Singur project has been experiencing water shortages for three years every five years due to declining water flows from the top. With this in view, work is underway to divert water from Mallannasagar in Kaleswaram to increase water availability to Singur. The government expects to complete these works within a year. Once completed, Singur will face water shortages. Depending on the water supply to Singur, the state government has already started efforts to divert Godavari waters to areas where irrigation facilities are scarce. As a part of it, Basaveshwara is giving life to the Narayankhed area and Sangameshwara is giving life to the Zaheerabad constituency.
It is designed to irrigate 80,000 acres in Narayankhed constituency by taking about 8 TMC of water from 510 level in Singur. Officials are proposing a single lift to lift 55 meters of water, which is estimated to cost around Rs 700-800 crore. In Zaheerabad constituency, 1.50 lakh acres are expected to be irrigated. For this, Singur is planning to lift water from level 510 to 125 meters in two phases. The state government hopes that 15 TMCs will be used for water needs. Irrigation officials estimate that the project will cost around Rs 1,300 crore.
In all, the state government estimates that the combined cost of the two projects, which will take up 23 TMC of water, could be over Rs 2,000 crore. However, massive land acquisition is required to strategically irrigate at this level. In addition to land acquisition requirements, a comprehensive field survey is required to identify canal alignment and construction sites for pumphouses. The DPR then needs to be prepared to make accurate estimates of electricity requirements and construction costs. It seems that the authorities are now preparing to make plans accordingly.
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