39 projects prioritised for completion soon, says
‘Rs. 9,650-crore action plan finalised to develop
minor irrigation sources'
Special panel to study installation of mini-hydel
stations on irrigation canals
HYDERABAD: Denying the charge that Jalayagnam has been
slowed down due to paucity of funds, Major Irrigation Minister P. Lakshmaiah has
said a record number of 39 projects have been prioritised for completion soon
with a heavy budget of Rs. 6,900 crore.
These projects will provide water to 14.33 lakh acres
additionally and stabilise an existing ayacut of 2.13 lakh acres.
Speaking to reporters after Chief Minister K. Rosaiah
reviewed the progress of projects under Jalayagnam here on Monday, Mr.
Lakshmaiah refuted the allegations that the government had diluted Jalayagnam,
made “false claims” about the additional ayacut created under the programme and
that activity in the projects had slowed down.
He admitted that Jalayagnam faced crisis sometime ago under
the impact of the economic slowdown, but the situation had changed. The
government had “re-oriented” Jalayagnam by finalizing a new schedule for
completing 39 projects on the fast track.
However, the overall priority assigned to Jalayagnam
The Minister announced that that water was released from
Owk reservoir in Kurnool district to Gandikota project and from there to
Mylavaram dam in Kadapa district on an experimental basis. “This is another
milestone achieved under Jalayagnam.”
The Dummagudem and Kanthanapalli projects which would have
hydel power stations, had been shifted from the purview of AP Genco to the
Irrigation Department for execution.
Tenders will be called in a month for their execution on
He said a special committee would be constituted with the
three irrigation secretaries to study installation of min-hydel stations on
existing irrigation canals and submit its report in two weeks.
Minor Irrigation Minister V. Sunitha Laksma Reddy said a Rs.
9,650-crore action plan had been finalised to develop minor irrigation sources
like tanks and provide water to 9.4 lakh acres additionally by 2014.
With this, the total area covered by minor irrigation
sources would reach 42 lakh acres.