WARANGAL: Ministers Errabelli Dayakar Rao and Satyavathi Rathod directed officials to prepare appropriate plans to fill every lake and pond in erstwhile Warangal district through the Devadula project.
During an elaborate review meeting on small water projects and the Devadula project held on Sunday, Dayakar Rao, minister for rural water supply, said that the Devadula project was previously limited to lifting five or six tmc ft (thousand million cubic feet) of water for three or four months. He said measures would be taken to draw the water for nine months and irrigate 6.2 lakh acres of land.
“Under the Devadula first phase package 45, 96 per cent of works and 91 per cent of package 46 have been completed. Fifteen hundred acres of land under the Nakkalathumu has received irrigation facilities,” he informed.
He urged officials to complete the land acquisition required for water projects in Jangaon district to be completed at the earliest. He said that the Velair mandal is located at a high altitude and necessary proposals should be prepared for this.
Satyavathi Rathod, tribal welfare minister, said Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao was giving the utmost priority to Warangal district and relevant steps would be taken to provide water till the last ayacut.
Former MLC Kadiam Srihari asked the ministers to bring to the notice of the Chief Minister the need for construction of the 10-tmc ft Lingampally reservoir. He reminded that the Chief Minister had approved the project when he proposed it in the Cabinet meeting in 2017.
Srihari said the survey, estimates, tenders and contract for the reservoir had been completed and if construction work was started immediately the people would not have any shortage of water.
Meanwhile, it’s learnt that Jangaon MLA Muthireddy Yadagiri Reddy walked out of the meeting mid-way after he was not given a chance to represent the problems pertaining to Jangaon constituency.
CMO secretary Smitha Sabarwal, public representatives, collectors of erstwhile Warangal districts and other officials were present.