Suryapet: Farmers under the ayacut of SRSP canal were pleasantly surprised when Godavari water from Kaleshwaram project reached their areas much ahead of the scheduled time for Vaanakalam crop season.
Godavari waters entered Suryapet district through SRSP canal on Monday after filling irrigation tank at Velishala on Suryapet-Jangon district border. Several irrigation tanks have already been filled with Godavari water. In all, 348 village tanks in the SRSP ayacut in the district will receive Godavari water through SRSP canal, and this is also expected to increase groundwater levels and recharge borewells and agriculture open wells.
The farmers were jubilant at seeing Godavari water reaching their areas through SRSP canal almost 10 days ahead of the scheduled time, and performed pooja at several places along the canal, offering flowers and vermilion.
Ministers Eatela Rajender, G Jagdish Reddy and Errabelli Dayakar Rao had instructed officials at a review meeting at Hanumakonda on July 8 that they should prepare an action plan to extend irrigation facility to farmers in Suryapet district in the first week of August.
Water flow in SRSP canal is 1,200 cusecs
Under SRSP Stage-II, Suryapet district has an ayacut of 2,12,959 acres, which is spread over Athmakur (S), Chivvemla, Penphad, Suryapet, Munagala, Mothey, Nadigudem, Thungathurthy, Nuthankal, Jajireddygudem, Tirumalgiri, Nagaram and Maddirala mandals in the district. Godavari water was gushing in at DBM-69, 70 and 71 of SRSP canal stage-II in the district.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Assistant Engineer (SRSP) Amar said the flow of Godavari water was 1,200 cusecs, and it would reach the tail-end areas in 24 hours. After filling village tanks, water would be released to Out-Turns to provide irrigation facility to farmers through sub-canals, he added.
Area under cultivation area to increase by 2 lakh acres
District Agriculture Officer Jyothirmayi said an additional two lakh acres would brought into cultivation in the district following the irrigation facility available through SRSP canal, against the normal area of cultivation in the district of 3.6 lakh acres during Vaanakalam. With this, the total area under cultivation would increase to 5.6 lakh acres in the district for this Vaanakalam season.
Sutharapu Pitchaiah, a farmers who owns two and half acres under SRSP ayacut, said he was surprised to see Godavari water flowing in SRSP canal. It will help farmers in transplanting paddy nurseries under the ayacut, he said.
The State government provided irrigation facility to the ayacut farmers through SRSP canal during the last Yasangi crop season more than 100 days continuously, which benefited the farmers in a big way.
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