Reason is shortage of water in SRSP, LMD

In the wake of shortage of water at the Sriram Sagar Project (SRSP) and Lower Manair Dam (LMD) reservoir, the district administration had called upon the farming community to take up only Irrigated Dry (ID) crops during this rabi season to save water for the drinking water needs in four districts of Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad and Warangal.

Presently, the SRSP was having 52.400 tmcft of water against the capacity of 90 tmcft and the LMD was having 5.970 tmcft against the capacity of 24 tmcft due to poor inflows into the projects following the deficit rainfall in the catchment areas.

Among the total available 58.370 tmcft of water in SRSP and LMD projects, the authorities have chalked out strategies to release only 29.47 tmcft of water for the irrigation needs. About 5.55 tmcft of water would be utilised for the drinking water requirements, about 7.70 tmcft of waters would go for the dead storage in both the SRSP and LMD and 6.95 tmcft would go as evaporation. On the other hand, about 2.70 tmcft of water would be provided to the NTPC Ramagundam for power generation and four tmcft of water would be provided to the lift schemes foreshore of SRSP.

Following the acute shortage of water in both the projects, Collector Smita Sabharwal informed the farmers to go in for ID crops such as maize, green gram, Bengal gram, sunflower, ground nut, etc. which would provide yield in 90 days only. If the farmers have decided to go for paddy cultivation, she informed them to take up paddy cultivation through drum-seeder technology, which consumes less water and gives more harvest.

SRSP Chief Engineer B.Yellareddy said that they would release water from the projects only from January to March next year for the rabi season and urged the farmers to take up only ID crops. He said that they would release water for 10 days every month for three months period and appealed to the farmers to use water judiciously.

Joint Director (Agriculture) Prasad and others were also present.

  • Authorities chalk out strategies to release only 29.47 tmcft of water for irrigation

  • Water will be released only between January and March next year for rabi