KARIMNAGAR: The district will be made drought-free within two years, finance minister Eatela Rajender assured here on Monday.
The minister, who laid the foundation stone for canal renovation work at Kothapalli in Huzurabad mandal as part of the renovation of Kakatiya Canal under Sriram Sagar Project, said drinking and irrigation water would be provided across the district including to tail-end farmers.
Kakatiya canal got damaged at several places and, after renovation, the canal will carry at least 5,500 cusecs of water as against the optimum of 8,500 cusecs. Due to breaches, it is carrying at present just 3,000 cusecs of water. By May next the canal’s renovation works will be completed.
Once the Mid Manair and Yellamapalli irrigation projects and Kaleswaram-Muktheswara lift irrigation projects were competed, irrigation facilities would increase, he said. The government is also planning to construct check dams on rivulets to harvest rain water.
Earlier, the minister laid the foundation stone for a new high school building, which is to cost `2 crore, at Kamalapur. Addressing the gathering, he said the government was striving to provide corporate-level education at government schools.
No Manjeera Water to HYd Industries from Nov 29
Sangareddy: Irrigation minister Harish Rao directed officials to halt supply of water from Manjeera reservoir to industries in Hyderabad from November 29 and restore drinking water supply to Sangareddy at a meeting held at Sangareddy on Monday. Discussions were held on water supply to beverage industries, Hyderabad and halting Manjeera water to Sangareddy for the past 25 days. The minister said that water supply to Hyderabad needs to be stopped for requirements of people of the district and added that Krishna water should be diverted to Hyderabad. He said that there is only one TMC water and directed the officials to seize agricultural pumpsets.