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Upland ryots to get more water supply

K.N. Murali Sankar

VIJAYAWADA: Farmers of 18 upland villages in the district, who are depending on lift irrigation for cultivation, will soon get 12 to 16 hours of water supply every day. There will not be any complaints about crop loss and withering due to insufficient irrigation water.

The Andhra Pradesh State Irrigation Development Corporation (APSIDC) has paid Rs. 1.98 crores to the Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL) for installing dedicated electric feeders in the villages, where uninterrupted power supply is the need of the hour for the farmers to get complete yield.

The officials of the APSPDCL are planning to complete the work in three months and enable the farmers to make use of the facility for the next khariff season.

Lift irrigation

Lift irrigation is the only way of diverting water to the fields for the farmers of upland mandals. Of the 64 villages depending on lift irrigation, 18 villages have high-tension (HT) power supply lines and the remaining 46 villages are getting the supply through low-tension (LT) lines.

However, frequent interruptions and fluctuations in power supply have become a big problem for the farmers who are cultivating paddy, chilli and cotton in their fields.

"As part of the new agriculture policy, the State Government has decided to provide dedicated feeders to the villages depending on lift irrigation. In the first phase, it has selected the villages with HT power lines and released Rs. 1.98 crores to the district," says MVSK Ranga Rao, executive engineer of the APSIDC.

Farmers of Kolamudi, Chintalapadu, Konamatmuru, Totharavulapadu, Veladikottapalem, Kodavatikallu, Unnavalli, Okkunuru, Gudimetla, Vemulapalli I, II, IV and V, Budavada, Popuru, Pallampalli and Sanagapadu will get the dedicated feeders.

"Once the direct feeders are installed, there will be no problem for power supply. Farmers will get an uninterrupted power supply for 12 to 16 hours a day. An extent of 15,862 acres of ayacut will get sufficient irrigation water in all the 18 villages," Mr. Rao says.

The officials of the APSPDCL are making arrangements to complete the works at the earliest.

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