Hyderabad, August 12: Telangana initiates the ‘Sriram Sagar’ project worth Rs.2000 Cr with an aim to get under green cover and also seeks to modernise and revitalize its river networks. The project on the Godavari River has the potential to boost water supply to several districts in the State.
In an effort to modernise this Sriram Sagar project, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao initiated a Rs.2,000 Crores project. The Sriram Sagar project has been a key water source for the farming community in several districts. But due to ignorance, it has brought down its storage capacity from 112 TMC ft to 85 TMC ft and its cultivation ability from 16 lakh acres to about 5 lakh acres. The state has planned to keep the reservoir full throughout the year by filling it with water from the Kaleshwaram project.
Under the Sriram Sagar project revival and restoration initiative, water from the Pranahitha River, which joins the Godavari, will be diverted at Medigadda and pumped into the Sriram Sagar project. Under the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, from Medigadda, water will be diverted to Yellampally SRSP flood canals and Mid Manair and Lower Manair.
Flood canals will be converted into reservoirs. The flow capacity of all canals will be increased and the project aims to ensure that water will flow continuously in the canals of SRSP and all lakes will get a steady inflow of water.