ANDHRA PRADESH

Long-cherished aspirations of farmers to be realised

Arches being put up to welcome Chief Minister N. Kirankumar Reddy in Khammam on Wednesday. —PHOTO: G.N. RAO

Arches being put up to welcome Chief Minister N. Kirankumar Reddy in Khammam on Wednesday. —PHOTO: G.N. RAO  

Kiran releases water from Kinnerasani reservoir tomorrow

The decades-old aspirations of farmers of Palvancha mandal for release of water from Kinnerasani reservoir for irrigation are set to be realised.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy is scheduled to inaugurate the right main canal of the project on the second day of his three-day district tour on August 9. The move will mark release of water from the reservoir for irrigating 4,000 acres in the first phase.

The reservoir was constructed across Kinnerasani river at Yanambailu village in Palvancha mandal in 1969 exclusively for catering to the water requirements of the Kothagudem Thermal Power Station (KTPS) situated in the same mandal.

The State government sanctioned Rs 36.82 crore in 2005 for construction of right and left canals of the project under Jalayagnam to irrigate 10,000 acres in Palvancha and Burgumpadu mandals. However, the slow pace of construction of the canals initially evoked flak from farmers Works on both the canals worth Rs 25.65 crore had been completed so far.

The irrigation needs of farmers in Burgumpadu mandal will be fully met only after the completion of the ongoing left canal works under the second phase, sources said. Thanks to the copious rainfall in upstream of the river, the Kinnerasani reservoir is brimming with water ahead of the Chief Minister’s visit.

The water level in the reservoir stood at 404.6 feet on Tuesday as against its maximum level of 407 feet.

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