With demand for allotment of Raiwada reservoir water to agriculture becoming vociferous once again, the CPI(M) has suggested an alternative. It, however, opposed the Yeleru pipeline work estimated to cost Rs.1,900 crore.

Since the finalisation of the multi-purpose Polavaram project’s design is getting delayed inordinately, the parallel “Pushkara” canal from the Godavari, should be utilised, CPI(M) State secretariat member Ch. Narsinga Rao and retired Chief Engineer (Irrigation) S. Satyanarayana suggested. The canal has been completed up to Tuni it can be linked to Tallapalem canal 60 km away. It would cost around Rs.250 crore and as a part of Polavaram project had budgetary sanction, the two said in a memorandum submitted to Secretary, Irrigation, Ajoyendra Pyal, on Tuesday. The canal can bring 400 mgd of water solving the city’s problems for a long time to come.

Mr. Narsinga Rao said the minor disputes with the Orissa government should be sorted out so as to lay a canal to Tatipudi bringing 4 tmc feet of water.

He demanded that the Yeleru pipeline work proposal should be dropped as it would be a burden to people. However, he was critical of the maintenance of the canal by GVMC. When it was under the Irrigation Department up to 2003 about 80 mgd was drawn but under GVMC control it fell to 55 mgd, he stated. He suggested that the canal be closed for about two months for repairs by Irrigation Department.

Mr. Satyanarayana said against the storage of 3.6 tmc ft the storage in Raiwada was between 4.5 and 5 tmc ft and the needs of both farmers and GVMC could be met.

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