The State Cabinet held a lengthy discussion on various projects proposed by the Irrigation Department and approved allocation of Rs 2,251.12 crore for their completion. Among these newly approved projects, the Cabinet allocated Rs 388.20 crore for construction of a link canal from Mallannasagar reservoir to Tapaspalli reservoir in Siddipet district which will ensure irrigation water supply to 1.29 lakh acres under Tapaspalli reservoir.

The Cabinet also revised the estimated cost of the Chanaka Korata Barrage which is being constructed on the Painganga River in Adilabad district to Rs 795.94 crore. The construction of the barrage has already been completed on the project, while the construction of the pump house is on progress. 

The project will irrigate 50,000 acres in Bhimpur, Jainath, Bhela and Adilabad mandals in Adilabad district. The Cabinet also approved a revised estimate of Rs 669 crore for the proposed Gattu Lift Irrigation Scheme in Jogulamba Gadwal district and to call for tenders for the project works.

The proposed Ghanpur branch canal as part of the Mahatma Gandhi Kalwakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme, has been allocated with Rs 144.43 crore to irrigate 25,000 acres in Ghanpur and Addakula mandals. The State Cabinet approved works worth a total of Rs 104.92 crore towards construction of a pump house and canal from Gandi Ramaram tank to Kannaram tank to provide irrigation water as part of Devadula scheme, for pipeline works from Gundla Sagar to Laukya Tanda and also construction of a pump house at Naskal Reservoir.

The modernisation works of Ghanpur Dam canal system, built during the Nizam”s period in Medak district, were taken up in the past. However, the Cabinet gave administrative sanction of Rs 50.32 crore to undertake some of the remaining works. Under this project, about 25,000 acres will be irrigated in Medak district.

About Rs 44.71 crore was sanctioned for the restoration of Pedda Cheruvu tank at Buddharam village in Gopalpeta mandal in Wanaparthy district. The administrative sanction was given for the construction of 11 check dams in Wanaparthy and Jogulamba Gadwal districts at a cost of Rs 27.36 crore. 

The Cabinet allotted Rs 10.01 crore for the restoration and beautification of the Gopala Samudram tank at Veltoor village in Peddamandadi mandal in Wanaparthy district. Works worth Rs 16.23 crore for construction of Mukthyala branch canal near Vellaturu in Chintalapalem mandal and Janpahad branch canal near Gundeboyina Gudem village in Palked mandal – both in Suryapet district, also were approved.

The Cabinet also approved the setting up of Manjira Lift Irrigation Corporation Limited under the Companies Act, 2013 to raise funds for the Sangameshwara and Basaveshwara Lift Irrigation Schemes in Sangareddy district. The Corporation will be chaired by the Special Chief Secretary or the Principal Secretary of the Irrigation department, while the Engineer-in-Chief (General), the Engineer-in-Chief (Gajwel), Joint Secretaries for Finance and Irrigation departments and also the Chief Engineer of Sangareddy district will be the directors.

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