Farmers of erstwhile Karimnagar worried about falling water levels in irrigation projects – Telangana Today
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Farmers of erstwhile Karimnagar worried about falling water levels in irrigation projects – Telangana Today

There was no shortage of water for irrigation last year as all major irrigation projects were full after recording adequate rainfall.

Updated – June 11, 2024, 7:58 p.m


Farmers in erstwhile Karimnagar have become concerned about falling water levels in irrigation projects
View of Sripadasagar Yellampalli project in Gudipet village in Hajipur mandal

Karimnagar: Farmers in erstwhile Karimnagar district are very worried about growing crops during the Vanakalam season when all water bodies, including irrigation projects, remain almost completely dry here.

Even the existing modest water levels will decline and reach dead pond levels if sufficient rainfall is not recorded in the coming days. They said the crops would be taken up depending on the rainfall recorded in June and July, adding that the situation could really deteriorate if good rainfall is recorded by the end of this month.


There was no shortage of water for irrigation last year as all major irrigation projects were full after recording adequate rainfall. However, this time the situation is different. There has been a significant decline in water levels in three reservoirs: Mid Manair Dam (MMD), Lower Manair Dam (LMD) and Sripada Yellampalli project compared to last year.

Earlier, water was drawn from Medigadda under the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project and discharged to the Yellampalli project from where it was transported to Mid Manair by filling the Nandi reservoir and operating the Gayatri pump house. Apart from LMD, water was supplied to Ranganayaka Sagar in Siddipet district from MMD.

However, due to lack of water in the Sundilla, Annaram and Medigadda barrages, it is not possible to draw water from Godavari.

The water level in Yellampalli has dropped as there is no inflow from the SRSP and there is no facility to lift water from the Kaleshwaram project. To protect standing crops, irrigation officials collected over 25 TMC from the Kaleshwaram project every year for three years.

Currently, the water level in Yellampalli has dropped to 6.08 TMC as against the reservoir capacity of 20.175 TMC. This time last year, the project water level was 13.40 TMC.

Similarly, Mid Manair reservoir has only 7.79 TMC of water available against its capacity of 27.55 TMC. Last year, 20.87 TMC of water was available.

In LMD, the water level dropped to 5.92 TMC as against the reservoir capacity of 24 TMC. In June last year, 8.18 TMC of water was available.

LMD is the main source of drinking water for Karimnagar town as well as several villages in Siddipet district. Instead of regular water supply to the people of Karimnagar city is every other day due to water shortage in LMD.

Apart from drinking water, it is the only source of water suitable for irrigation in an area of ​​over 6 lakh acres in the erstwhile Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam and Nalgonda districts.

Ippalapalli farmer G. Rajesham said it is difficult to grow crops if the LMD is not filled with water as it is the main source of water for their farmlands.

Otherwise, they will be forced to rely on agricultural pump sets. If there was no adequate rainfall, groundwater would not be recharged and drawing water from borewells would become difficult, he added.

Water levels in irrigation projects

LMD

• Total capacity: 24 TMC

• Current level: 5.92 TMC

• Last year time: 8/18 TMC

MMD

• Total capacity: 27.55 TMC

• Current level: 5.79 TMC

• Last year time: 20.40 TMC

Yellapalli

• Total capacity 20 TMC

• Current level: 6/08 TMC

• Last year time: 1:40 p.m TMC