Setting up of facility to store farm produce welcomed

The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) has welcomed the State Budget as there is a proposal on initiating work on three irrigation projects, including removal of silt from the Tungabhadra reservoir, extending the Narayanpur Right Bank Canal (NRBC) and implementing the Nandawadadi Lift Irrigation Scheme.

Chamarasa Malipatil, president of the State unit of the sangha, said that this was the first time that the budget spoke in terms of improving irrigation projects in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. The farmers in the region were happy that Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda had initiated action to improve irrigation facilities in the Krishna basin.

The proposal to removal of silt deposited in the Tungabhadra reservoir would help save about 30 tmcft of water which was now being wasted. The proposal to extend the NRBC from 95th mile stretch till its tail-end (154th mile) would help irrigate lands in drought-prone areas of Raichur taluk.

The farmers in the district were happy over the announcement to implement the long-pending Nandawadagi Lift Irrigation Scheme. It would help irrigate about 50,000 hectares of arid land in Lingsugur and Manvi taluks in the district.

However, there was no mention in the budget on the allocation of funds and period of implementation of these projects, he said.

Describing the budget as “pro-farmer”, he said that the establishment of a modern storage yard in Raichur to store agricultural produce was also mentioned in the budget.

However, the budget did not mention the pending modernisation of the distributaries, laterals and field channels in the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal as was recommended by the expert committee headed by H.C. Chiniwal.

  • Proposal to remove silt from Tungabhadra reservoir will help save about 30 tmcft of water

  • Nandawadagi Lift Irrigation Scheme will help irrigate about 50,000 hectares of arid land