Mission Kakatiya

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A flagship programme of the government aimed at restoring around 46,000 tanks in five years to provide irrigation source to about 25 lakh acres spending Rs 22,000 crore. As of February 2017, restoration work has been started for nearly 20,000 tanks and works have been completed for about 5,000 tanks. Government of Telangana has sanctioned more than Rs. 4,600 crore for this initiative in 2015-16 and 2016-17 budgets. As part of the mission, activities like desiltation, repairing damaged sluices and weirs, restoring dilapidated tank bunds, stone revetments and plugging seepages are carried out.

Mission Kakatiya is aimed at improving the groundwater table, reducing the power consumption by the farm sector, getting higher yields, spurring the growth of livestock and rejuvenating rural economy on a whole. As per the ICRISAT study, application of silt on farm fields resulted in savings ranging from Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,750 on fertilisers and pesticides. And the yield of cotton increased by 1,000 kgs per hectare.