Efforts on for optimum utilisation of Yeleru water

Staff Reporter

Joint Collector asked to take steps for proper distribution

Kakinada: The Irrigation Department is making efforts to ensure optimum utilisation of the water available in Yeleru reservoir against the backdrop of scarcity prevailing in the eastern and central Godavari deltas. Joint Collector K. Sasidhar has been asked to take stock of the situation and take the necessary steps for properly distributing the available water.

Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi has instructed the Irrigation Department to examine the possibility of increasing the water being supplied from Yeleru to 350 cusecs from 200 cusecs according to the requests made by MLAs Thota Narasimham, Vanga Geeta, Pantam Gandhi Mohan and Parvata Satyanarayana Murthy. A decision will be taken whether or not to increase the supply after the Joint Collector submits his report in the next few days.

Farmers and water users associations have appealed to the Collector to see that they got their shares of water and observed that the crisis could be solved to satisfaction of all as water level in reservoir stood at 72 meters compared to 63 last year. They observed that it was not an unprecedented situation as far as the Yeleru was concerned but what was required was proper water management. For this to succeed, leakages should be plugged and illegal drawing of water has to be curbed.

As of now, transplantation has been completed in only 30 per cent of the ayacut to be served by Yeleru. The hindrances in supplying water to the remaining areas are to be looked into. The measures needed to implement the shift system in a foolproof manner and water requirement of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant were sought to be kept in mind while drawing the contingency plan.

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