As the construction of Kondapochamma reservoir is nearing completion, officials are now focusing on digging connecting canals that would supply water to the fields.
Water would be supplied from the reservoir to the fields in three phases – main canals in the first phase, by distributaries in the second and sub-minors/ field channels in the third.
Land acquisition for main canals – Jagadevpur, Ramayampet, Gajwel, Sangareddy, Turkapally, Kishtapur and Upparpally – is complete and work is progressing at a fast pace.
The canals would be constructed for about 600 km, of which 450 km would be distributary canals. On each distributary, there would be 10 or 20 field channels that would supply water to the fields in the last leg. The canal digging work would be taken up in about 170 villages. However, as the width of the distributary canals would be narrow, officials are hoping that there would not be much opposition from farmers. More so, as the canal would flow close to their fields.
Further, officials estimate that about 2,000 acres is required for the distributaries and minors, for which survey and land acquisition would commence shortly. Collector P. Venkataram Reddy held a meeting with the officials concerned last week in this regard.
Promise of two crops
“These canals would benefit each and every farmer in this area and they can cultivate two crops every year with assured irrigation. We want to complete the land acquisition process for distributaries and minors within 45 days. I request every farmer to cooperate with the State government in the land acquisition process and also digging of canals,” he appealed.