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State mulls barrage at Ichampally site

Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

Government plans alternatives in inter-State-related irrigation projects


Kanthapally barrage expected to be ready within two months: Ponnala

Minister asks officials to complete trial runs successfully, promptly


ETURUNAGARAM (WARANGAL DT.): With the Ichampally project taking a backseat pending consensus from Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh governments, the Andhra Pradesh government would construct a barrage at Kanthanpally in the mandal that envisages utilisation of 20 to 30 tmc. Godavari waters, said Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshamaiah.

With the projects involving other states, the State government proposes to take up some alternative projects on its own, like the barrage at Kanthanpally to make use of allocated and surplus river waters for the development of the Telangana region.

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The decision was taken following the recommendations given by the Institute of Engineers and a private company was engaged to prepare detailed project report. “The report on Kanthapally barrage is expected within two months and after that, the Government will take up the project,” Mr. Lakshmaiah said.

The Minister on Friday visited the Devadula project site at Gangaram village on the banks of river Godavari to oversee the arrangements for the forthcoming visit of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on March 14. He said Sonia Gandhi would inspect the project prestigiously taken up by the Congress government in the State. If the ongoing trial- runs prove successful, the project may be dedicated to the nation by Sonia Gandhi, he said.

According to him, the trial runs were being conducted to pump the water from Gangaram to Bheem Ghanpur reservoir and then to Dharmasagar tank. So far water was pumped till Bheem Ghanpur tank and the next stage of pumping was pending which might be taken up in a day or two. The Minister said there were some hiccups coming in the way during the trial runs which are being plugged by the personnel.

In his interaction with the personnel of Kirloskar and Hindustan Construction Company, Mr. Lakshmaiah expressed his unhappiness over the tardy progress. He sternly issued a warning to them to complete the trial runs successfully without resorting to blame game.

District Collector B. Janardhan Reddy, Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra and other officials accompanied the Minister and reviewed the ongoing arrangements .

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