ANDHRA PRADESH

Yellampalli project water reaches Manthani area

Water from the Godavari reached Goondaram reservoir from Yellampalli project finally on Tuesday after successful trial runs of the pumping system for a week. Water from Yellampalli project is first lifted and drawn into a cistern 11 km away which is created to meet the needs of the NTPC’s 2,600-MW capacity super thermal station at Ramagundam and from here, it is taken to Gundaram by a one-stage pumping through a pipeline covering another 12 km.

At present 8.5 tmcft (thousand million cubic ft) water is being lifted from Yellampalli out of which 6.5 tmcft will be supplied to the NTPC and the balance to Gundaram through the Rs. 102-crore Manthani lift scheme under implementation.

J. Satyanand, Chief Engineer, Irrigation, Karimnagar district, said the water received at Gundaram would be used to stabilise 3,000 acres ayacut of Sriramsagar project lying in Manthani area. The crops sown in the area would get water on assured basis hereafter. Works are apace to take a part of the water in Gundaram reservoir to Sukravarampet tank that lies 11 km afar, again by a single lift. Plans are drawn up to utilise the waters in Sukravarampet tank to bring a fresh ayacut of 17,000 acres under cultivation by June next. About 2.2 lakh acres is envisaged for coverage under Yellampalli project.