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Cost of modernisation put at Rs.4,444 cr.

Work begins on right, left bank main canals at cost of Rs. 606 crore

All canals under Nagarjunasagar to be closed till June 30

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HYDERABAD: A World Bank team dealing with the proposal made by the State government to modernise the canal network of Nagarjunasagar Project (NSP) and repair the dam at some places, has assured that funds for the project will be released in two months.

The cost of the project is estimated at Rs. 4,444 crore.

The assurance came after discussions between a World Bank team headed by R. S. Pathak and Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, here on Friday.

After the World Bank gave in-principle clearance, the government has already started work on the right and left bank main canals and their distributaries at a cost of Rs. 606 crore and spent an amount of Rs. 150 crore so far.

Repairs

Mr. Lakshmaiah told The Hindu that all canals under Nagarjunasagar would be closed till June 30 to facilitate execution of ongoing work.

As such, water would not be released for kharif crops till that time. Water would, however, be released to the Krishna delta from the Prakasam barrage.

Farmers-members of the water users associations and distributaries committees have been asked to identity the spots of canals and distributaries under Nagarjunasagar system requiring repairs and rehabilitation and suggest estimates.

This is the first time that these members are consulted for any work relating to canals and projects. Meanwhile, the government has begun water supply to the Godavari delta for kharif.

Delta canal

The Central Delta Main Canal was opened at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Rajahmundry on Thursday.

Water will be released into the Smaller Central Delta Canal on June 9, to Western Delta Canal on June 10 and to Pithapuram Branch Canal on June 14.

The Godavari at Rajahmundry got an inflow of 3,000 cusecs, an official said.