NIZAMABAD: With several parts of the erstwhile Nizamabad district suffering shortage of rainfall, the pressure is building on elected representatives of the ruling party for the release of water from Singur project to Nizamsagar project to provide water to areas under Nizamsagar project. More than 2.50 lakh acres are cultivated every year under Nizamsagar project.
Where bore well facility is available, farmers took up sowing activity, but almost all farmers in the erstwhile Nizamabad district are unable to complete sowing and they have not been able to cultivate even 50 per cent of regular cultivation area.Many mandals have not received rainfall since last few days. In Kamareddy district particularly Bansawada and other mandals are also facing a shortage of rainfall. In this situation, the demand for release of water from Singur to Nizamsagar is increasing and hence, the opposition parties organised protest programmes.
“Since last few days, there was no rain in Singur and Nizamsagar catchment areas. If the situation continues, it will become worse,” an agriculture official said. Irrigation officials said as of now Singur project has sufficient water and there is a chance of releasing water to Nizamsagar. “Water from Singur project used to be supplied to Hyderabad and Nizamasagar project.
Now, water needs to be supplied to Mission Bhagiratha too. Considering these, the department needs to modify the previous GO 93 which allocated 8 tmcft water to Nizamsagar. We have not yet received any fresh orders from the department,” an official said. Nizamabad Irrigation SE C Gangadhar said the government will take a decision on release of water from Singur to Nizamsagar in a few days. Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said the CM is pursuing the matter.