YSR to inaugurate Vamsadhara canal

Special Correspondent

The two canals of the project will irrigate 1.48 lakh acres

Srikakulam: The stage is set for the release of water into the right main canal (RMC) of Vamsadhara project. Chief MinisterY.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will formally release water into the canal on Thursday afternoon. This heralds completion of an important stage of the project.

Vamsadhara project, renamed after Boddepalli Raja Gopala Rao, has two canals viz., the left main canal (LMC), irrigating about 1.48 lakh acres, and the right main canal covering an ayauct of 62,280 acres.

While the LMC was completed long back, work on the RMC was delayed due to various reasons. Works were taken up with the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (Rs.37.15 crore) of NABARD and under the Accelerated Irrigation Development Programme (Rs.86.81 crore).

In the earlier phase, water was released into the RMC in 2000 to cover 20,000 acres of ayacut. By 2006 additional ayacut of 24,228 acres had been covered. Now that the work on the 53 km canal is competed, the proposed total ayacut of 62,000 acres would be covered.

A feature of the RMC is the 2.2 km long Rs.13.35 crore viaduct. This was designed to avoid construction of canals in deeper fields that would have necessitated acquisition of lands with inherent problems. The extent of ayacut covered after the viaduct is about 34,500 acres.

Benefiting villages

Farmers in 166 villages, spread over seven mandals viz., L.N. Peta, Heeramanadalm, Burja, Amadalavalasa, Gara, Saribujjili and Srikakulam will be benefited from the RMC.

Since the Chief Minister will release water, trials were conducted for the smooth flow of water and barring some initial hiccups, the flow of water was smooth and reached the tail end.

K.Sudheer, Superintending Engineer of Vamsadhara project, told The Hindu on Wednesday that the water level at Gotta Reservoir which feeds the RMC is 37.43 mts (against the maximum level of 38.1 mts) and there will be no difficulty in getting water.

The inflows into the Vamsadhara at present are meagre, but since monsoon is likely to become active soon, there would be improvement and hopefully there would be no difficulty in getting water for the ensuing kharif season for which water will be released some time in the second week of July.

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