M. Malleswara Rao
HYDERABAD: Impounding water in Gandikota reservoir, which is contemplated at serving to serve an ayacut of 4.5 lakh acres in Kadapa and Chittoor district, has been postponed indefinitely following the stay ordered by the High Court on awarding Rs 121-crore road project to Maytas Infra on nomination basis.
Sources said the Government was working out a strategy to approach the High Court for vacating the stay so that the construction of the road is completed.
The Gandikota project has been taken up at a cost of Rs. 700 crore, including Rs. 400 crore for land acquisition and rehabilitation, as an answer to recurring drought in the region. It remained in cold storage for long before being taken up under Jalayagnam.
Barring erection of crest gates, the project, including a dam and a gravity, is complete. Work is apace to install the gates by April-May. Engineers have finalised a schedule to impound at least a part of the originally planned 26 tmcft by June and provide water to the farmer from next khariff.
C. Muralidhar, Chief Engineer, who was here to brief the government about the changed circumstances, told this correspondent that under the original schedule, it was proposed to initially provide water through Galeru-Nagari canal to 35,000 acres and later to over two lakh acres.
Gandikota would also be the source for two lift schemes to serve one lakh acres each. To facilitate the impounding in the reservoir for the first time, we have even cleared 22 villages and 22,000 acres after paying compensation, he said.