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Jurala Project rehabilitation work to begin this month

Staff Correspondent

It will be completed by the end of next year; four bridges to be constructed


  • 719 families affected by the Krishna backwaters
  • 2,466 acres of fertile land submerged under the project

    Raichur: The Government has decided to take up infrastructure development at the sites proposed for rehabilitating families (in Raichur taluk) displaced under the backwaters of the Jurala Project across the Krishna, during this month and complete it by the end of next year.

    It has also decided to start work on four bridges proposed between the main land and the two islands of Naradagada and Kurvakala by next month and complete it within two years.

    According to a survey, 719 families living in Kurvakurd, Kurvakala and Mangigadda islands and Buradipad and Agrahara villages in Raichur taluk have been affected by the backwaters of the Jurala Project. Fertile land of 2,466 acres will be submerged when Andhra Pradesh starts impounding water to the full reservoir level.

    With a gross storage capacity of about 12 tmcft, the Jurala Project has been allocated 18 tmcft of Krishna waters. Since the past one decade, Andhra Pradesh has been planning to impound water to the full reservoir level of 318.516 ft. But it restricted the storage level to less than 315 ft impounding only about six tmcft after the State Government requested it not to impound more water till it rehabilitates the displaced families in Raichur taluk.

    Till now, the Government has acquired 2,500 acres of land in Kurvakala, Kurvakurd, Agrahara and Mangigada islands and Buradipad village in Raichur taluk located within the danger level of the backwaters of the project. Its survey has revealed that 719 families will be affected. It has also proposed to construct a bridge across the river to provide access to Naradagadda Island and three more bridges to provide access to the Dattatreya Peetha in Kurvakala Island. It has asked Andhra Pradesh to release Rs. 90 crore. The latter has released Rs. 46 crore, including Rs. 22 crore for the proposed bridges.

    Money spent

    According to sources, the Government has spent Rs. 25 crore for acquiring land in the affected islands and villages and to pay compensation to the affected families against the acquisition of land and houses.

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