State Government yet to respond to proposal on canal

Staff Correspondent

Andhra Pradesh Government has approved widening of canal

Water going into the river as surplus can be recouped Board to impress upon Karnataka Government to give its views soon

HOSPET (BELLARY DISTRICT): The State Government is yet to give its views with regard to the draft proposal of widening the high-level canal (HLC) on the right bank of the Tungabhadra reservoir.

L.A.V. Nathan, secretary, Tungabhadra Board, told The Hindu on Thursday that the draft tender document prepared for the purpose had been sent to the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments. Andhra Pradesh had given its consent to the proposal and the board at a meeting recently has decided to impress upon the Karnataka Government to give its views at the earliest, he said.

The proposal to widen the canal was mooted by a committee of superintending engineers to modernise canals and increase carrying capacity. The canal on being widened would ensure that water going into the river as surplus could be recouped, he said.

The high-level and low-level canals on the right bank of the Tungabhadra reservoir cater to the irrigation needs of Bellary district in the State and Anantapur, Cuddapah and Kurnool districts in Andhra Pradesh.

Based on the views expressed by the State Government, the board would take steps to appoint an agency to prepare a project report for the purpose.

"The board is trying to set broad-based terms of reference for widening the canal which would help in utilising more water," he said. Andhra Pradesh was keen to widen the canal, he added. "Karnataka too would stand to gain by widening the canal. I am not aware of the reason for the delay on the part of Karnataka in giving its views. Efforts would be made by the board to convince Karnataka that it would benefit from the move," he added.

As for improving and strengthening the canal system, he said that the board had asked the committee of superintending engineers to conduct a survey of vulnerable stretches. Based on the report, works would be taken up, he said, and added that the committee was expected to complete the survey before the end of March this year.

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