Decks cleared for barrage across Penganga


The decks have been cleared for construction of a barrage across the Penganga river, below the site of Lower Penganga project, at Jankha-Korata border villages of Telangana and Maharashtra with Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao giving his nod for administrative approval and also for release of Rs.368 crore.

Agreements between the two States were reached last year on the construction of three barrages below the Lower Penganga project to utilise 9 TMC ft water in Yavatmal and Adilabad districts. The barrage which has been given approval now would irrigate 20,000 acres and provide water for drinking and industrial needs in Adilabad, officials in the Irrigation Department stated.

Minister for Forests and Environment Jogu Ramanna stated on Sunday that the Chief Minister had given his nod for release of funds for construction of the barrage and the works were likely to begin in January next.

The government was planning to complete the work in two years. Necessary orders (GO) giving administrative approval for release of funds would be issued in a day or two, he said.

However, the fate of inter-State Lower Pengaga project, pending for over two decades now, which envisages irrigation of 51,500 acres in Jainath and Bela mandals of Adilabad district and 2.38 lakh acres in Yavatmal and Chandrapur districts of Vidarbha region in Maharashtra by utilising 42.67 TMC ft water, is still hanging in balance with the dispute between Telangana and Maharashtra over the area of submergence. It is stated that Maharashtra and Telangana would bear the project cost in 88:12 ratio.

Official sources stated that the State Government had already given approval for utilisation of 5.12 TMC ft water from the inter-State Lower Penganga project for irrigation and drinking needs in Adilabad and Boath Assembly constituency with an estimated cost of Rs. 1,227 crore in July this year. It was estimated that the State’s share of cost in barrage construction and land acquisition for the project system would require about Rs. 625 crore of the total amount.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao agrees for administrative approval and also for release of Rs.368 crore.

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