Deputy Chief Minister K.E. Krishnamurthy directed irrigation engineers on Saturday to complete all the pending works in Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi (HNSS), Galeru Nagari, Guru Raghavendra project and Muchumarri lift-irrigation scheme by June this year. Addressing a review meeting with officials in the State guesthouse, he told the engineers to make concerted efforts to release irrigation water through the projects after June and stabilise the ayacut for the kharif season.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu agreed to sanction Rs. 3.50 crore to fill 15 minor irrigation tanks between Pandikona reservoir and Pathikonda tower through a pipeline from HNSS canal, he said. The pipeline works proposed in three phases should be completed in a planned manner in the next four months, he said.
Stating that Muchumarri reservoir works are progressing at a tardy pace, the Deputy Chief Minister sought steps to expedite them as the Government agreed to clear the pending bills of the contractor. The Chilakaladona lift-irrigation works under Guru Raghavendra project must also be expedite, he added.
A comprehensive plan of action must be prepared to mitigate drinking water scarcity in summer, Mr. Krishnamurthy said. Rural Water Supply executive engineers and assistant engineers should extensively tour villages and take steps to avert drinking water scarcity, which is likely in Alur, Pathikonda and Dhona areas in Kurnool parliamentary constituency.
District Collector Ch. Vijayamohan said review meetings were being held every Tuesday and daily targets set to irrigation engineers. Land acquisition for HNSS canal works is complete and canal digging works will be undertaken in 1,025 acres of land, he said. Irrigation water is being released to 3,000 acres under nine lift-irrigation schemes under Guru Raghavendra project, Mr. Vijayamohan said.
He assured release of Tungabhadra water to 30,000 acres by June. KNSS canal works are being taken up briskly to release irrigation water to 65,000 acres by June, he added. Defunct borewells are being repaired and agricultural borewells being engaged to supply drinking water, he said.