Nagarkurnool Member of Parliament Manda Jagannatham proposed water supplementation to RDS canal from Sunkesula reservoir to end confrontation between the farmers of Kurnool and Mahabubnagar for ever.
Dr. Jagannatham told The Hindu on telephone that water must be drawn from Sunkesula reservoir above Rajoli where the distance between the RDS canal and the reservoir is only three kilometers.
The irrigation officials should study the feasibility of a canal by gravity or pumping. He felt that any amount of confrontation at RDS anicut, which is located in Karnataka, is of no use to farmers of either of the districts. Indirectly, the farmers of Karnataka are benefited, he said.
Whatever water diverted to RDS canal is used by Karnataka farmers who are in the head reach and does not benefit farmers at the tail-end in Alampur constituency. Even some of the villages in Kurnool district get irrigation from the RDS canal such as Panchalingala.
He said the Irrigation Department should seriously study the proposal to draw water from the Sunkesula reservoir so that more water could be drawn from the TB dam through river into the reservoir.
Dr. Jagannatham pointed out that Karnataka is irrigating 40,000 acres as against its ayacut of 5,000 acre and cultivated crops illegally in the rabi season too.
The MP said he would write to the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to take up the project which does not cost much, in the interest of farmers of Alampur and ending confrontation between two districts.