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TG’s big push to irrigation

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CM sets deadline for six irrigation projects
Wants them to be completed in 9 months

NAVEENA GHANATE

Chief Minister Revanth Reddy has decided to speed up the execution of irrigation projects in the next nine months.
As part of this initiative, the Nilwai Project, the Pimpiri Project, Palem Vagu, Mathadi Vagu, SRSP Stage 2 and Sadar Matt projects in the
Godavari Basin have been prioritised for speedy execution.
The Irrigation Department estimates that approximately Rs 241 crore will be required to complete these projects which will provide
water to about 48,000 acres.
The Chief Minister has set a target to complete these projects by March 2025 and has directed officials to create a comprehensive plan to
ensure water delivery to Ayacut lands. These projects which were neglected by the BRS government have already had significant funds
allocated to them but remain unfinished. The Chief Minister emphasized projects that can deliver irrigation to large areas at low cost.
He gathered detailed information from irrigation engineers regarding the stalled projects in both the Godavari and Krishna basins. The
Chief Minister directed officials to focus on distribution systems that deliver water to ayacut lands.
During the last decade, many projects launched by the BRS government were limited to the construction of barrages and pump houses and
neglected the main canals and distributaries necessary for supplying water to farmlands.
The Chief Minister concluded that completing projects with lower costs that can quickly provide water will significantly help farmers. He has
instructed officials to prepare estimates for these projects.
This includes the Nilwai Project in Mancherial district, the Pimpiri Lift Irrigation Scheme in Nirmal district, the Palem Vagu Project in
Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, the Mathadi Vagu project in Adilabad district, the SRSP Stage 2 in Warangal, Mahbubabad, Khammam, Jangaon, Suryapet districts and the Sadar Matt Project in Nirmal district.
These projects are expected to substantially improve water availability for farming in these regions.

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