Maharashtra has given its green signal for construction of a barrage across the Pranahita at Tummidi Hetti as proposed by AP as part of Pranahita-Chevella project and for surveying the likely submergence area in its territory under the reservoir at FRL.
Tummidi Hetti is located on the border with Adilabad district lying on one side of the river and Gadchiroli and Chandrapur on the other.
Maharashtra’s approval for the survey, which is considered crucial to determine the level and form of compensation payable to oustees of that State, came in at the maiden meeting here on Monday, of the Inter-State Board constituted with engineers for the project.
A four member-team of irrigation engineers, deputed by Maharashtra and headed by V. M. Kulakarni, chief engineer, Water Resources, and co-chairman of the board, also agreed to conduct a public hearing for acquisition of lands for the reservoir water-spread.
The team comprised the Collectors of Gadchiroli and Chandrapur Abhishek Krishna and Vijaya Waghmare, and A. D. Bagode, SE, Nagpur. During the discussions which was attended by Adilabad Collector A. Ashok, AP team was led by J. Satyanand, board chairman and chief engineer of the project.
Pranahita-Chevella is a lift scheme taken up at a whopping cost of Rs 38,500 crore to irrigate 16 lakh acres in seven Telangana districts. The board was constituted as per the agreement signed on May 5 last by the Chief Ministers of two States, along with two standing committees, one with Chief Ministers and Irrigation Ministers, and the second with irrigation secretaries to ensure implementation without posing problems to Maharashtra.
Mr Kulakarni told this correspondent later that he had conveyed the “Maharashtra concerns”, to AP which would have to address. All issues, however, could be resolved through mutual consent. AP would get a big benefit of 160 tmcft and he would ascertain if there was any scope of his state getting any quantity.
On his part, Mr Satyanand said AP would submit the project’s DPR to Maharashtra for examination. Mr Adityanath Das, principal secretary, Irrigation (Telangana), who briefed Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy about the outcome, said working rules would be formulated to implement the project for consideration by the standing committees.