Minister for Major Irrigation P. Sudarshan Reddy has expressed the hope that four works of the Pranahita-Chevella project, two each for Nizamabad and Karimnagar districts, will be complete within one-and-a-half years as the work was being executed at a brisk pace.

Once these works were completed in the district, it would get another 25 tmcft of water from the Godavari providing an opportunity to give water to three lakh acres. Besides, if the Nizam Sagar was strengthened all the parched mandals would receive water turning the entire district into greenery.

At a press conference here on Saturday, the Minister said that the government would compensate the farmers who lost crops following gales and hailstorms that occurred at different places three times since early this month. He said that crops in over 70,000 acres were damaged and the farmers would be suitably compensated after the enumeration is completed.

Mr. Reddy also assured of the release of compensation to farmers who lost crops in 2,730 hectares in Sirikonda mandal due to untimely rains last April (2012). The release of compensation was delayed due to the negligence of agriculture officers and that would be corrected now, he said. To this effect, he immediately spoke to the Commissioner of Agriculture and secured the positive response.

As regards the damage of houses the compensation would be given depending on the level of damage, he said, adding that compensation might be between Rs.1,900 and Rs. 6,000. “That apart, new houses would be built for them under the IAY Scheme.”

Mr. Reddy said that a new Government Medical College would be opened here by CM N. Kiran Kumar Reddy in a couple of months.