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CWC okays Gudem LIS, Modikuntavagu projects

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PNS|Hyderabad

The Technical Advisory Committee of the CWC has cleared the Gudem (Kaddam) LIS to supplement water to the Kaddam project and the Modikuntavagu project in the Godavari Basin at a meeting held in New Delhi on Friday.

The meeting was presided over by Pankaj Kumar, Secretary, Union MoWR, and attended by Addl. Secretary Debasri Mukharji, CWC Chairman Rushvinder Vohra, CWC Chief Engineers and other officers.

Telangana Special Chief Secretary Rajath Kumar, ENC Muralidhar, ENC Hariram, CM OSD Sridhar Rao Deshpande, CE ADB Srinivas and CE Mulugu Vijay Bhaskar also attended the meeting.

The Kaddam Narayan Reddy project was taken up in the year 1949 and completed in 1958, that is, before the first TAC of MoWR, GoI, to irrigate 68,150 acres using 11.75 TMC of water.

Due to the siltation of the Kaddem Narayan Reddy Project, the capacity of the project has been reduced from 7.603 TMC to 4.699 TMC. The capacity and inflows are not sufficient for the entire crop period of four to five months, thereby leaving a gap of 12,141 hectares (30,000 acres) at the tail end of the Kaddem LF main canal.

Therefore, the Kaddem Lift Irrigation Scheme is proposed on the Left flank of the Godavari River near the Gudem village of Dandepally Mandal in the Mancherial district of Telangana to utilize 3 TMC of water from the foreshore of the Sripada Yellampally Project to supplement the tail end ayacut of the Kaddem Narayan Reddy Project LF main canal.The cost estimate finalised by the Cost Appraisal Directorate, CWC, New Delhi, is Rs 138.45 crore. The project envisages supplementation of water to the tail end of the Kaddem LF main canal to irrigate 30,000 acres benefitting 43 villages.

On the other hand, to accelerate the development of backward, Naxal-affected and drought-prone areas, the Telangana Government proposed to take up the Modikunta Vagu project.

The Modikunta Vagu Medium Irrigation Project aims to develop the Cultivable Command Area (CCA) of 5,500 hectares. Expecting growth in agricultural production land prices are expected to rise.

The estimate is now prepared with the current SSR 2021-22 and the cost of the project is Rs 500 crore. The proposed utilization is 2.047 TMC of water to irrigate 5,500 hectares of command area includes the supply of 0.12 TMC of drinking water to 35 tribal villages of Wazeedu Mandal in the Mulugu district of Telangana.

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