We won’t allow our farmers to be deprived of waters allotted in tribunal award: Minister

Minister for Major and Medium Irrigation M.B. Patil has said the State government will not allow neighbouring Andhra Pradesh to use excess Krishna waters for expansion of its irrigation projects.

Mr. Patil spoke to mediapersons at the residence of A. Venkatesh Nayak, Deodurg MLA, at Arakera village in the taluk on Wednesday after inspecting the progress of work at 9-A distributory canal of the Narayanpur Right Bank Canal (NRBC).

“The State government has formulated concrete plans for complete utilisation of 177 tmcft of Krishna waters as per the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal award and restraining Andhra Pradesh from taking up irrigation projects that intend to use more water than allotted in the verdict. We won’t allow our farmers to be deprived of waters allotted in the verdict. The Water Resources Department has prepared many irrigation projects so as to completely utilise our share of the waters. All the projects would soon be realised,” he said.

‘Will be completed by December’

The Minister hoped that the construction of the 9-A distributory canal (29.5 km) and its sub-branch, Arakera canal (23 km), would be completed by December. “The construction will be completed by December. Krishna waters will flow in these canals by January for experimental purposes. I hope the water for irrigation purpose will flow by March next year,” the Minister said. He added that another sub-branch of 9A distributory canal, Vadavati canal (30 km), would also be completed on priority.

New policy

Mr. Patil informed that the department would come out with a new policy to control corruption and quality, while taking up construction as well as repair work on irrigation projects, including closure works (repair work taken up in summer). “There are a number of allegations pertaining to corruption and poor quality of work, both in construction and repair works. We won’t tolerate it. The government will come out with a new policy to curtail the corruption and ensure the quality of work,” he said.

The Minister said it was almost impossible to remove as much as 30 tmcft of sludge from the Tungabhadra dam. “It is a gigantic challenge to remove the silt as so many technical issues are involved. We need to find ways to address the issue. We have called a meeting of experts and officials concerned on October 25 to discuss the issue. Options such as increasing the height of the dam, construction of parallel canal and construction of balance reservoir are up for discussion,” he said.

Vacancies

The Minister said there were 1,500 vacancies in his department. He said that appointments would be made soon.

“We will appoint as many as 500 engineers shortly. The appointment of 300 engineers is already under way,” he added.


  • ‘New policy planned to control corruption and quality while taking up work’

  • ‘Appointment of 300 engineers is under way, another 500 will be appointed shortly’