The Telangana state government’s ambitious project Mission Kakatiya to renovation ponds and minor irrigation tanks in the State, project hitting the right results already. A brief spell of rain the other day has filled the otherwise dry lakes with good amount of water giving an aesthetically pleasing view.
A good example being Rayan Cheruvu located in Rustapur of Nalgonda district. Restoration works in this minor irrigation tank began on March 27 in the presence of Bhongir MP Narsaiah Goud and Government Whip Gongidi Sunitha. It was totally dry and weeds and bushes spread all over it for several decades. However, courtesy of Mission Kakatiya, desilting works are going at a full speed and this tank has been cleaned up to 20 per cent thus far.
- Rayan Cheruvu in Nalgonda district filled with rainwater
- Experts are confident of success of the project
Silt accumulated up to 6 feet in the tank. In the meantime, unseasonal rains lashed the village resulting in accumulation of good quantity of water. The significance attached to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s plans to bring life into tanks and lakes could be easily understood by taking a look at present condition of Rayan Cheruvu, according to Upender Reddy, the deputy sarpanch of the village. If a brief spell of rain could transform this dry tank, copious amount of rain would surely lead to Rayan Cheruvu brimming with water this monsoon, he felt.
Meanwhile, experts noted that every tank and lake (which undergoes restoration works this year) would be resembling ‘Rayan Cheruvu’ in few months time. The objective of Mission Kakatiya is to enhance the promotion of agriculture-based income for small and marginal farmers, by accelerating the development of minor irrigation infrastructure, strengthening community- based irrigation management and adopting a comprehensive programme for restoration of tanks.
This drive will also increase groundwater levels and water quality significantly thereby getting lands beyond command area under bore well irrigation. The mission aims at restoring the past glory of minor irrigation in the state with community participation for ensuring sustainable water security.
Source: The Hans India