Environment / Ecology

Advocacy for augmentation of drinking water to Hyderabad and Secunderabad from river Krishna and utilization of Manjeera waters for Nizam Sagar ayacut : Nizam Sagar (NSR) one of the largest and earliest project in the South India was designed to irrigate 2.61 lakh acres by utilizing 58 TMC of water was completed in 1931.  Due to siltation 62% of live capacity of the reservoir was lost over a period of 15 years.  To safe guard the developed ayacut under Nizam Sagar the government had planned to construct a reservoir on the upstream of Nizam Sagar in the seventies.

However in the year 1974 the then Minister for Municipal Administration played mischief and decided to divert water of R. Manjeera from Singur a source designated   to protect the interests of farmers under NSR to augment the drinking water needs of the Twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad against the recommendations of the expert committee constituted for recommending a viable and lasting solution to the drinking water needs of the city. As a result of storing more water in the Singur reservoir as per the operational guidelines approved by the World Bank, the developed ayacut under these two projects is drastically affected due to delayed and decreased arrivals of water into the river below Singur and the farmers are put to a loss of nearly Rs.1000 Crores every year. 

While this is the situation existing in the Ayacut under NSR the then Chief Minister wanted to divert another 95 MGD of water from Singur to Twin cities against the availability norms i.e. 95% dependability for drinking water in the year 2000. 

As a result of lobbing with various authorities at various levels, the Govt. has   withdrawn the decision of diverting 95 MGD of water from Manjira and instead tapped River Krishna for the drinking water needs of Twin cities.  As a consequence of this, the pressure to meet the entire drinking water needs of Hyderabad on Singur is relieved to a greater extent.  During the Khariff Season around 5 TMC of water was released from Singur keeping in view of the additional water available from Nagarjuna Sagar.  Crops worth of Rs.500 Crores have been raised in 2003 – 2004 Khariff season. The en-route fluoride affected villages more than 200 in number are being provided with portable drinking water because of the diversion of water from River Krishna.  Manjeera basin villagers cry for justice.  www.hindu.com/2005/05/15/stories/2005051507920400.htm. Project was supported by Interco-operation Swiss ICNGO India. 

 

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