Need for prompt release of water in October end, early November underscored
NALGONDA: The District Irrigation Advisory Board meeting held here on Thursday unanimously urged the State government to ensure release of water from Nagarjunasagar Left Bank Canal (NSLBC) for the rabi crops from November 1.
Almost all the participants including the chairmen of the distributory committees and water users associations besides the MLAs underscored the need for prompt release of water from NSLBC either in the first week of November or even in the last week of October for irrigation purpose.
They said the move would safeguard the standing crops and facilitate transplantation of the rabi crops in November and December respectively.
District Collector S.A.M. Rizwi, NSLBC Superintending Engineer D. Sambaiah, the Zilla Parishad Chairman K. Narayana Reddy and others participated in the meeting.
Miryalaguda MLA J. Ranga Reddy has suggested that the district administration should undertake a special drive by involving the departments concerned to fill up all the 135 major tanks and other drinking water sources to overcome the problem of drinking water scarcity mainly in the remote areas.
Kodad MLA V. Chander Rao alleged that the government failed to ensure timely and planned release of water in adherence to a specific schedule from NSLBC.
“Water was released for drinking water purpose to the areas in Khammam and Krishna districts owing to political pressures,” he charged and deplored that unscheduled release of water denied water supply to several tanks in tail-end areas in Kodad and Huzurnagar constituencies.
NSLBC SE M. Sambaiah said that the NSLBC has a localised ayacut of about 2.77 lakh acres in Nalgonda district.
The present net available quantum of water in Nagarjunasagar reservoir is 130 tmc as against the requirement of 37.50 tmc of water for rabi crops in 2009-10.
Concluding the session, the Collector Mr. Rizwi said that the unanimous resolution of the meeting for release of water from NSLBC for irrigation purpose in the first week of November would be sent to the government.