Only Rs. 60 crore allocated for the project

The Left parties have demanded that the State government execute the Kanthanpalli project on river Godavari in the district to augment water supply for irrigation and drinking water needs in the district.

A roundtable was held at CPI (M) office here on Thursday which was attended by CPI (M) leader G. Nagaiah, M. Kalidas of CPI and E. Venu of Forward Block.

The leaders said following the agitation by the Left parties, the State government had agreed to take up the Kanthanpalli project at Eturunagaram mandal and the then Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had laid the foundation stone in February 2009. The State government issued a G.O. on February 16, 2009, and had accorded administrative sanction allocating Rs. 10,409 crore.

The project envisaged tapping of 50 tmcft of water from the Godavari to bring under cultivation 4.40 lakh acres. However, the latest budget allocations to the irrigation sector indicated that the works were not going to be taken up immediately.

The State government allocated just Rs. 60 crore for the Kanthanpalli project this year. “The Warangal district should get 100 tmcft of water. The completion of SRSP, Devadula and Kanthanpalli would help secure the rightful share of water, but the government was not serious over this,” the Left parties' leaders opined.

The CPI (M), CPI and Forward Block leaders demanded that the government allocate sufficient funds for the projects and ensure that the district got 100 tmcft of water to irrigation 10 lakh acres.

The government should allocate Rs. 1,000 crore for the purpose, they said.

  • Project envisages tapping of 50 tmcft of water from Godavari for cultivation in 4.40 lakh acres

  • Sufficient funds urged for projects to enable the district get 100 tmcft of water