ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Nizamabad to be declared drought-hit’

Staff Reporter

NIZAMABAD: Member of Parliament from Zaheerabad Lok Sabha constituency Suresh Shetkar has said the government is likely to announce the entire district of Nizamabad as drought hit in the first week of this month.

Talking to reporters at Banswada along with the former MLA Bajireddy Govardhan on Tuesday, the MP said the government could not declare the district as drought prone immediately in view of the larger interests of the farming community. The delay, any way, would not affect the farmers, he added.

As regards the Opposition’s demand for the immediate release of water from the Singur project to the Nizam Sagar Project so as to protect the standing crops in the district, he said as far as his knowledge goes there would not be any scope for release of water from the Singur as the G.O. 93 would be coming in the way. As per the above mentioned GO which was brought about during the Telugu Desam rule in 1995 water could not be released from the Singur unless there was 14 tmc and above in the reservoir. As there was no such amount of water available in the reservoir (at present only 10.2 tmc is available in the reservoir, according to sources in Irrigation department) water could not be expected from the project now, he added. However, he said Singur received 1.50 tmcf of water during the recent rains.

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