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Addressing a public meeting at the mandal headquarters of Manopad in Alampur constituency on Tuesday, Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao, whose padayatra along the RDS canal entered the third day, said Mahabubnagar district was assured of 94 tmcft even now while utilisation was not more than 10 tmcft.
He explained that Jurala, Kalwakurthy, Nettempadu and Bhima projects had been assured allocation but the Government is delaying the completion of the projects. Only the Jurala and RDS are partly supplying water at present. Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao said the former Hyderabad State was allotted 175 tmcft by the CWC long ago but the projects were shelved after the unified State was formed on linguistic basis. The interim government in Telangana surveyed the upper Krishna project and maps were prepared but it had gone into oblivion after the State's formation.
He said that Karnataka took up the project in the name of Alamatti at the same location, which was proposed by the interim Government. He argued that the height of the Alamatti dam be increased to 524 meters to facilitate drawal of water for Mahabubnagar district through gravity canals.
He took exception to the Government proposing lift irrigation schemes only for Telangana region, which would become unviable after some years. The Alamatti water flowed as close as to 13 km from the Mahabubnagar border, he said adding that only by digging canals and contributing towards the cost of the project water could be utilised.
He said that the central coastal Andhra comprising Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam were utilising water at the cost of upstream people.
A total of 42 lakh acres was irrigated with the Krishna waters in that region. He wanted the people of Rayalaseema to understand the exploitation and join the fight against those who had pilfered water.
He was critical of the ministers representing Mahabubnagar district saying that instead of prevailing upon the Government to close the sluices at RDS anicut, the Ministers had shut their mouths to avoid the wrath of their leadership.
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