Turning the fallow land into cultivable one is surely a herculean task. The transformation may take sometime, but sure to change the entire terrain and the process has just commenced.
Gattu, located near Ranzole, about 90 kilometres from the district headquarters and eight kilometres from the Mumbai national highway, was selected for the land development by the District Water Management Agency (DWMA) under Indira Jala Prabha (IJP) scheme.
Under this, as much as 150 acres would be developed for cultivation, which belongs to 60 farmers from SC community and two farmers from ST community. As many as 13 borewells were drilled here and all of them were protected with recharge structures so that they would not dry up in the near future. Around 130 electric polls were erected and the power line was drawn from a distance of two kilometres to provide energy for the borewells. In addition to mango plantation, teakwood would be planted in the main borders as well as individual borders. Borewell user group was already formed and they were asked to sign an agreement that would bound them to use the water source at mutually agreed conditions. Elections for Common Interest Group (CIG) were also held.
Here the work was with pace and actually this was planned to get inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy during his scheduled visit in the first week of this month. As the programme was postponed, the officials are planning to inaugurate the IJP block by Dasara.
“This will become a model block in the district and can be exhibited to officers from other districts as well. We are also planning to have. Ploughing is nearing completion and 70 pits per acre were dug to plant saplings. The work is being done with machinery as digging the land manually is a difficult task here,” said Mr. Rammohan, an official of the DWMA.