Government should not divert water until capacity of KC Canal reservoir at Sunkesula is enhanced, says M.A. Gafoor
KURNOOL: M.A. Gafoor, MLA, on Saturday registered a serious protest against diversion of water from the quota of KC Canal to Anantapur district by the Government.
Addressing the Irrigation Advisory Board meeting here, he said the Government should not divert water until the capacity of the KC Canal reservoir at Sunkesula was enhanced from the present 1.25 tmcft to 10 tmcft.
He urged the Government to study the feasibility to harness Tungabhadra river in which around 200 tmcft was flowing into Srisailam reservoir. He said to save the upland area in Adoni, Pathikonda and Kodumur from recurring drought, the lift irrigation schemes should be proposed wherever possible.
Chief Engineer Mallikarjuna explained that the proposal to study increasing the capacity of Sunkesula reservoir was sent to the Government. Also, the study to draw more water from the Tungabhadra for upland of Kurnool district was under serious consideration.
Tempers ran high when Koilkuntla MLA Challa Ramakrishna Reddy raised the controversy over forcible release of water from the Owk reservoir to 16th block with the intervention of S.P.Y. Reddy, MP. He alleged that the MP had tried to project him as the stumbling block for supply of water to farmers.
Saying that it was unbecoming of an MP to cause embarrassing situation for the local MLA, Mr. Reddy said he had objected to only over stocking of water beyond safety level in view of the piping last year.
Mr. S.P.Y. Reddy objected to the contention of the MLA and sought an explanation from the Chief Engineer whether there was any danger to the reservoir if water was supplied to the 16th block. At this stage, other members intervened and stopped the debate. Over construction of Abdullapuram balancing reservoir on KC canal, MLAs M.A. Gafoor and E. Pratap Reddy locked horns.