Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheshwar Rao on Saturday said Tungabhadra water would be released into the High Level Main Canal (HLMC) and Guntakal Branch Canal on August 6.
Addressing the Rayalaseema regional-level meeting of the Irrigation Advisory Board here, the Minister said provision of Tungabhadra water to the district would play a crucial role in driving away drought from the region.
Though it was initially thought to release the water on August 23, it was advanced to protect the interests of the farmers and the people in general, he said.
Mr. Umamaheswara Rao said action would be taken against the contractors and officials responsible for breaches to the HLMC, which lead to the delay in the release of water.
Allaying the apprehensions of the farmers, the Minister said every acre of land in the district would be provided water for irrigation.
Expressing concern over deficit rainfall, MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy appealed to the Minister to consider releasing Tungabhadra water to Singanamala and Tadipatri Assembly constituencies too. He also urged the Minister to announce the list of drought-hit mandals in the district.
Steps under way
Housing Minister K. Srinivasulu said steps were under way to release water from Tungabhadra and HNSS to 49 tanks in the district to provide irrigation to over 50,000 acres.
Minister for Women Empowerment Paritala Sunitha thanked Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for launching the Peruru reservoir reconstruction works, and naming the canal after Paritala Ravindra.
Hindupur MP N. Kishtappa urged the government to take steps for providing HNSS water to the upland areas in the western parts of the district.
Uravakonda YSRCP MLA Visweswar Reddy said though there was a provision to draw 32.5 tmcft water from Tungabhadra for the Anantapur region, not even half of it was relealised.
Save the crop
He said the government should initiate steps to save the groundnut crop in the district by augmenting the release of the water through the Handri-Neeva project.
MLC from Kadapa ‘B.Tech’ Ravi sought completion of the Lingala project for the benefit of the people of Vempalle.
MLAs Jitender Goud and Chand Basha, and MLC T. Swamy were present.
District Collector G. Veerapandian chaired the meeting.
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