As expected, the Singur project is becoming an issue of contention and it was even before the commencement of summer.
The recent incident that took place on Wednesday on the borders of Nizamabad and Medak district is an indication of the events that may unfold in the near future. Bowing to the pressure mounted by Major Irrigation Minister P. Sudharshan Reddy, the Irrigation Department released 1.5 tmcft of water for irrigation under Nizamsagar ayacut on December 27, 2012. Water was expected to reach the project within 48 hours. 0.25 tmcft water was expected to meet the requirement of Yedupayala jatara in February. However, water did not reached the site as per schedule and it was stopped at Manjeera reservoir at Kalbagur, near the outskirts of Sangareddy, by the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB), which controls the flow of water from Manjeera. According to sources in the Irrigation Department, the government has contradicted its own orders by releasing water for irrigation purpose. “Water for other than drinking water purpose can be released from Singur project only when the level at the reservoir is above 518.25 metres. Even though the water level was less, the government issued orders to release water,” said an officer in the Irrigation Department.
The officer has also informed that the announcement made by the leaders of Nizamabad district that they would take their rightful allocation of 4 tmcft water may lead to tensions
Projecting this as an alibi, the HMWS&SB has stopped the release of water from Manjeera project. It has been stating that releasing water for irrigation purpose would harm the interests of lakhs of people not only in twin cities but also at places like Sangareddy and Sadashivapet.
“They are not objecting to release of water for drinking purpose,” said the officer adding that the water levels at Singur had already reached dead storage.
Government has contradicted its own orders by releasing water for irrigation purposes to Nizamsagar ayacut