Maharashtra nod for Tummidihatti barrage
Medigadda project to be studied further: Harish.
Hyderabad: The government of Maharashtra has in principle agreed to allow construction of a re-designed barrage at Tummidihatti across the River Pranahita in Adilabad district, with less or no submergence in that state’s territory. This was disclosed by TS irrigation minister T. Harish Rao, who led a team of engineering officials on Tuesday to Nagpur and held talks with his Maharashtra counterpart Girish Mahajan.
Mr Harish Rao said that during the talks with Maharashtra officials and the minister, he explained to them the modified designs and reduced height of the barrage from the earlier 152 metres to 148 metres with maps and water availability data. However, as far as Medigadda barrage near Kaleswaram in Karimnagar district on the River Godavari is concerned, Mr Mahajan assured to allow it only after a thorough investigation and study from Maharashtra’s side.
The two teams agreed to discuss the technical issues again in the Pranahita Inter-State Board meeting to be held on December 29 and 30 in Hyderabad. It was also decided to discuss and resolve the inter-state Pen Ganga project jointly taken up by Maharashtra and TS, Mr Harish Rao said. He and other officials explained to Mr Mahajan that the TS government was only proposing to limit the backwaters of Medigadda barrage in the river itself and lifting the water to other projects thereby will not cause any submergence in Maharashtra.
Irrigation advisor R. Vidyasagar Rao, principal secretary, irrigation S.K. Joshi, engineer-in-chief C. Muralidhar along with others participated in the talks on behalf of TS while minister of state for irrigation Vijay Sivatare, principal secretary, irrigation, Satish Gavai, executive director, projects, Kulkarni and CE, projects, Chowhan represented Maharashtra.
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