Staff Correspondent

BELLARY: The long-cherished dream of the people of six villages in Bellary taluk of getting water to their fields is likely to be realised soon. Work on the Rs. 13-crore Yalpi-Kaggal Lift Irrigation Scheme in Bellary taluk has begun and efforts are on to complete the project before June 2007. The proposed scheme, which was a long-pending demand of the people, was cleared in 2004, during the fag end of the tenure of Allum Veerbhadrappa, who represented the Kurgodu constituency.

Later, Suryanarayan Reddy, who won from Kurgodu, pursued the matter and ensured that the works commenced besides getting the funds released.

Under the scheme, around 90 cusecs of water from the Vedavati, popularly known as Hagari river, would be lifted using 2,800 hp pumps to irrigate around 6,643 acres of land spread across six villages. In the first phase, it would irrigate around 3,383 acres of land .