ANDHRA PRADESH

Ryots buoyed by move to allocate water to PABR

Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: The long wait of about 11 years by Penna Ahobilam Balancing Reservoir (PABR) near Korrakodu village in Kuderu mandal of the district, some 40 km from here, to hold water rightfully appears to have come to an end, at last.

The State Government's decision to allocate KC Canal's quota of 10 tmcft of water in Tungabhadra reservoir to PABR by compensating the former with water from Srisailam reservoir through Pothireddypadu head regulator has come as a lease of life to PABR.

The reservoir constructed with a cost of about Rs. 150 crores in 1994 has a storage capacity of 11.1 tmcft.

The project was taken up to serve the two lowest rainfall receiving mandals of Kuderu and Atmakur along with others.

The reservoir has only a right canal and a branch canal to it (Dharmavaram) linking about 55 tanks with an ayacut of 7,500 acres.

The Stage-II of the project, Yadiki Branch Canal, works of which were inaugurated by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, earlier this year, with a cost of about Rs. 530 crores, is also depending on the water allocation to PABR.

CPI and CPI (M) have been demanding for allocation of water to the reservoir for the last 10 years. Several agitations were also taken up by the parties from time to time.

Repairs works

Irrespective of water allocation, the project was not in a position to hold water since 1996, when it suffered breaches, due to poor quality of construction.

The repairs taken up during the last three years have made the reservoir ready to hold water now.

The engineering experts had cleared the reservoir for holding 5 tmcft of water this season earlier this year.

Accordingly, water was impounded and released to the right canal a month back on November 21.

Apart from filling the tanks linked to its right canal allocation of water to PABR is likely to improve the groundwater table in the surrounding areas considerably.

The previous TDP Government had issued a GO in January 2004 with an eye on Assembly elections by allocating `allocating' 5 tmcft of water to PABR.

After assuming power, the Congress Government followed suit and issued another GO in August 2004 increasing the allocation to 10 tmcft.

However, both the GOs did not mention as to how and from which source the water would be given.

The decision to allocate water has also raised hopes among the farming community.

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