Staff Correspondent

Raichur: Minister for APMC and Sugar Shivaraj Tangadagi has said the State Government is committed towards implementing the recommendations of the Chiniwal committee to ensure improvement of the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal (TLBC).

Mr. Tangadagi was addressing presspersons at Koppal on Wednesday after inspecting the ongoing repair work of the TLBC coming under the limits of the Waddarhatti division of the Irrigation Central Zone of Munirabad.

He said that the Government had formally agreed to implement the recommendations of an expert committee headed by H.C. Chiniwal. In its report submitted three years back, the committee had said that there was a need to take up the overall improvement of the TLBC, including the main canal, the distributaries, sub-distributaries and field channels, so as to arrest the wastage of water and provide water till the tail-end of the command areas. It recommended that the Government spend about Rs.1,200 crore in four years in this regard, he said.

Mr. Tangadagi said that the Government had prepared to provide the necessary funds in phases to implement the recommendations of the committee. But farmers would have to cultivate one crop in a year by giving up the cultivation of summer crops.

This would allow the Government to take up the necessary improvements in the canal on a permanent basis, he said.

The Minister said that the ongoing repair work in the main canal had been progressing well at an estimated cost of Rs.8 crore and the officials concerned had been asked to complete all pending works before this week. This was because the Tungabhadra Irrigation Consultative Committee had decided to release water into the canal by Sunday to facilitate the sowing of kharif crops in the command areas of Koppal and Raichur districts.