ANANTAPUR: Krishna water from Srisailam reservoir is now reaching the interior parts of Gudibanda mandal in Anantapur district, which is the highest peak of the state.
The water is being diverted through Madakasira Branch Canal from Gollapalli reservoir in Penukonda mandal of the district. The Madakasira Branch Canal flows towards tail end parts of Amarapuram, Agali and Gudibanda located on the Karnataka borders.
There have been scenes of joy at Haresamudram irrigation tank in Madakasira mandal, which has been flowing due to diversion of Krishna water through the Handri Neva Sujala Sravanti (HNSS) project. H. Narayana, a farmer from Haresamudram, said he had never seen the big tank overflowing even during rainy season. But the tank is now overflowing during peak summer season following diversion of Krishna water through HNSS project.
Krishna water is being further pumped to Madakasira big tank, which is the only source of drinking water for people of Madakasira municipality. Manuanath, farmer from Kothulagutta, said the tank has enough water to meet the needs of both drinking water and recharging bore wells in the ayacut area.
However, three days ago, when HNSS water was being pumped to Gudibanda and Amarapuram mandals, there was breach to the channel near Kothulagutta, thereby damaging crops. Though irrigation authorities have rectified the breach, farmers are lamenting that their standing crops have been damaged in the process....