Ramadasu project completed in record time; KCR to release water on January 31

Hyderabad:A�Bhakta Ramadasu Irrigation project in Khammam District is first of its kind in the country to have been completed in a record time. The project has been completed in 11 months to irrigate 60,000 acres of land. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will inaugurate the project on January 31A�and water will be released on Bhakta Ramadasu birth anniversary day.

The Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the project on February 16, 2016, in Paler in Khammam district. It was targeted to be completed by March 2017. But the project is completed earlier than expected. It is one of the fastest completed projects in the country. Parched Tirumalayapalem, Kusumanchi, Nelakondapally,A� Mudigonda, Khammam Rural mandals under Palair Assembly Constituency represented by R&B Minister Tummala Nageswar Rao and Dornakal mandal of Mahabubabad district will get water.

Under this scheme 5.5 TMC water from Nagarjuna Sagar Balancing Reservoir at Paler is pumped from a height of 125.7 metres to DBM-60 (Sriram Sagar Project stage II) which is at a height of 187 metres and released at the 45thA� kilometer.

Land of 128.70 acres was acquired through GO NO 123 within a short time. The farmers were also given the compensation immediately and they too have also extended their full support.

Khammam district is getting water from both Godavari andA�KrishnaA�rivers. But some mandals under Paler are facing water scarcity. Though there are crops all over the district, lands in these mandals turn arid. Understanding the plight, the Chief Minister has asked the officials to make plans for the supply of water to these mandals for irrigation. After surveying the area, A�officials have suggested Bhakta Ramadasu project. – NSS

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