Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar has instructed the officials concerned to expedite works on Sitarama Project, which would turn the combined Khammam district as fertile. The project should be treated and viewed as an important project as it would create a new Ayacut and with Nagarjuna Sagar Ayacut included, it provides water to 10 Lakh acres.
The CM held a review meeting on Thursday at Pragati Bhavan on the progress of the works of the Sitarama Project. Ministers Sri Puvvada Ajay Kumar, Sri Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Chief Secretary Sri Somesh Kumar, Water Resources Principal secretary Sri Rajat Kumar, Principal Secretary (Finance) Sri Ramakrishna Rao, CM Secretary Ms. Smita Sabharwal, Engineer-in-Chief Sri Muralidhar Rao, Sri Hareram, CEs Sri Venkata Krishna, Sri Sankar Naik, Sri Madhusudhan Rao, SE Sri Srinivas Reddy, MLAs Sri Kandala Upender Reddy, Ms. Hari Priya, Sri Sandra Venkata Veeraiah and others participated.
“The government has sanctioned Sri Sitarama Lift Irrigation Scheme for Khammam district, which lies between the Godavari and Krishna Rivers, to make it fertile. Water is available adequately throughout the year at Dummugudem point on the Godavari River. Water can be supplied to the entire Khammam district from this point. Supply water by lifting it from Dummugudem by lifts and canals to Sathupally, Illendu and Paler Reservoir. Complete the survey for the remaining works on Canals going to Satthupalli and Illendu and invite Tenders. Construct Aqueducts on Munneru and Akeru streams. Complete the canal works till the Paler Reservoir by June. We have no idea when will water is available in the Krishna River. There is uncertainty on this. If we don’t get any water from the Krishna, make arrangements to supply water from the Godavari River,” the CM said.