TAMIL NADU

Water released to PABR right canal

Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: Irrespective of lack of clarity in the orders issued for the allocation of 10 tmcft water to Penna Ahobilam Balancing Reservoir (PABR), water to its right canal was released by Minister for Agriculture and Civil Supplies N. Raghuveera Reddy on Monday.

In all, 42 tanks including the one at Dharmavaram would be impounded with HLC water diverted through the reservoir within the next 80 days. The tanks would require about 1.5 tmcft water. About 4.5 tmcft water was stored in the PABR at present.

Speaking after lifting the shutter on the right canal, the Minister said it was dream come true for farmers under PABR Right Canal and Dharmavaram Branch Canal. Water was being released on the orders of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, he noted. He suggested that farmers only go in for irrigated dry crops instead of wet crops.

Plea to farmers

If the soil quality would not permit irrigated dry crops farmers could cultivate paddy under the `SRI' method. Apart from filling the tanks under the two canal systems, the water would also improve groundwater table in the surroundings of the tanks, he said.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson G. Thippeswamy, Anantapur MP A. Venkatarami Reddy, Hindupur MP D. Nizamuddin, Anantapur Mayor R. Parasuram, DCCB chairperson T. Kona Reddy, Superintending Engineer of HLC P. Somi Reddy and others were present.

Rs. 205-cr. HUDCO loan

PUTTAPARTHI: The Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) has sanctioned Rs. 205 crores loan for taking up drinking water schemes in the southern parts of Anantapur district, Mr. Reddy said.

Speaking to reporters here after Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy left for Hyderabad, he said the drinking water scheme would serve Hindupur, Madakasira, Kalyanadurg and parts of Rayadurg constituencies.

Stating that industrial growth in Hindupur was hampered due to lack water, he said the new scheme would also provide water to the industrial estate in Hindupur. He hoped that new industries would come and the closed ones revived after completion of the water project.

It was also proposed to develop the Kodikonda check-post area in the district as an industrial hub due to its proximity to the international airport at Bangalore, he said. It was just 70 km away from the airport.

10 MLD water

Minister for Tourism Sugar and Industries J. Geeta Reddy said though the requirement of water to the Hindupur industrial area was five million litres per day (MLD) the Industries Department had decided to prepare a proposal for supply of 10 MLD, keeping in view the future needs.

The proposal with an estimated cost of Rs. 80 crores would be prepared within 10 days and sent for approval of the Chief Minister.