Hopes pinned on SYP water

With deficit rainfall giving way to dry weather conditions, farmers under the command area of the Sripada Yellampalli Project (SYP) in Ramagundam mandal are hoping for release of water from the project to protect standing crops from withering.

The SYP received copious inflow in the first week of July following rain in its catchment and release of flood water from the Kadem project in Adilabad district. Before that, the storage capacity of SYP was only 6 tmcs as against its full capacity of 20.175 tmcs. As on today, the project has 13.46 tmcs of water and receiving inflow of 530 cusecs.

The construction and fixation of floodgates of the barrage was completed in 2016 and stored around 10 tmcs of water. Only from the 2017 kharif season, irrigation authorities have started storing water to its full capacity. They provided water to about 50,000 acres in the region during the last rabi season.

The authorities had released water for irrigation in the last rabi season when the project had only 9.48 tmcs of water. Sensing that the authorities would release water for the kharif season too, the farmers cultivated paddy in the command area of the project.

Presently, the SYP has 13.46 tmcs of water, but the officials are providing water for irrigation to command area of Nandi Medaram reservoir viz Medaram Gopalraopeta, Shyampeta ayacut only.

The officials have refused to release water to the Manthani, Vemulawada, Choppadandi assembly segments. The SYP waters are being utilised by the NTPC Ramagundam, Singareni Jaipur thermal power station, and for drinking water purpose in Hyderabad and under Mission Bhagiratha works in Ramagundam and Peddapalli assembly segments.

Sources said irrigation officials are planning to lift SYP waters to Mid Manair reservoir (MMD) after the completion of Kaleshwaram project package-7 tunnel works. Already, farmers are up in arms against the proposed lifting of water and demanding that the government provide water for irrigation to Manthani, Choppadandi and Vemulawada.

However, the officials have clarified that they have not received any orders for the lifting of water or to provide water for irrigation to the farmers in the region. The water is at a precarious level and has to be stored till summer to meet the industrial and drinking water requirements.

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