The cost of the project is pegged at approximately Rs.50 crore
A balancing reservoir between Chejerla and Kunkalagunta villages on Nagarjuna Sagar Jawahar Canal (Right Canal) with a capacity to impound 1.17 TMC water named after former Chief Minister Kasu Brahmananda Reddy is now a reality.
After a long hiatus, the Irrigation and CAD Department accorded administrative sanction to conduct a detailed survey, investigation and finalisation of design for construction of balancing reservoir at a cost of Rs.33 lakh. A G.O to this effect was released on March 1. The cost of the project is pegged at approximately Rs.50 crore.
Hailing the decision of the State Government, Kasu Mahesh Reddy, Youth Congress leader and son of Minister for Cooperation, said that the reservoir would permanently mitigate the shortage drinking water supply to Narsaraopet town, Chilakaluripet town and villages in Nekarikallu and Rompicharla mandals.
Water would be drawn by gravity and stored in the summer storage tanks of these towns, putting an end to the travails of people during summer days.
“This is a gift for the people of Narsaraopet for reposing their faith in our family. We also thank the Chief Minister for accepting to name the project as Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Balancing Reservoir,’’ Mr. Mahesh Reddy told The Hindu on Tuesday.
After several representations, the Chief Minister called for a detailed report on the proposed project and the Chief Engineer of Nagarjuna Sagar Project submitted that proposed balancing reservoir be constructed 80 k.m- 85 k.m. on Nagarjuna Sagar Jawahar Canal (Right Canal) between Chejerla and Kunkalaguna villages to meet the drinking water requirements of villages under NSP command area.
However, the Irrigation Department, said no extra withdrawals were necessary and added that the balancing reservoir could be taken as a developmental activity to improve the system.