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Channakha-Korata project all set to get MoEF nod

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Ministry seeks Stage-I forest, NBWL clearances for issuing EC

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has accepted the recommendation of an expert appraisal committee to grant environmental clearance to Channakha-Korata (Rudha) Barrage on Penganga river, an inter-state medium irrigation project of Telangana and Maharashtra with an irrigation potential of about 17,000 acres.

The irrigation project, a long-pending one, has been taken up with a cost of about ₹400 crore to irrigate 13,700 acres in 14 villages of Tamsi, Jainath and Adilabad mandals of Adilabad district in Telangana and about 3,100 acres in 9 villages of Kelapur tehsil in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra besides meeting drinking water needs of those 23 villages. A 342-metre length barrage is being constructed across the Penganga river between Channakha village in Maharashtra and Korata in Telangana to utilise 1.5 tmc ft water.

According to the Irrigation Department officials, the project would have a 3.36 km long main canal and distributaries running for a length of 30 km in Telangana on the right bank of the river and piped distribution network in Maharashtra on the left bank of the river. The pump house of the project has been located at upstream of barrage near Hathighat village to lift 160 cusecs of water from the barrage with the help of 4 pumps of 1.92 MW capacity each.

While recommending the environmental clearance to the project the expert committee has directed the project proponent, the Irrigation Department of Telangana, to submit stage-one forest clearance in case of forest land in Maharashtra and clearance from the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) as the project is located within 10 km radius of Tippeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary boundary along with other regular provisions for sanction of EC.

Of the total land of 228 hectares required from the project the submergence area is about 31 ha in Telangana. Total requirement of power required for lifting the water is estimated at 7.68 MW and the cost benefit ratio of the project is 1.60. Telangana government has acquired the entire land required for the project as it is bearing 100% of the project cost as per the agreement between the two States.

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