10-year wait ends for Musi farmers

It was a special Sunday for thousands of farmers in eight mandals of this district when, after a gap of exactly 10 years, water gushed into their fields from the Musi project for the kharif crop. Minister for Power and SC Development G Jagdish Reddy heralded the return of farming activity during the kharif season in the project ayacut covering 42 villages by releasing water to the left and right canals of the Musi project located near Bopparam village of Kethepally mandal in the district.

Irrigation facility for 35,000 acres of ayacut of Musi project for the second crop was made possible with the State government replacing all the 18 damaged gates in the project — 12 regulatory and six crest — with new ones to plug seepages, besides repairing the canals. The government also laid a BT road on the earth dam at a cost of Rs 18 crore.

With the release of water from Musi project for kharif season for the first time since 2008 when it was last released, thousands of farmers in 42 villages of eight mandals are upbeat with the hope that they would now be able to reap a good harvest.

Speaking after releasing water from the project, Jagdish Reddy said successive governments in undivided Andhra Pradesh had deliberately neglected Musi Project which had an adverse impact on the fortunes of farmers in the ayacut. “After coming to power, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao focused on modernization of the Musi project and repair of distributor canals,” he said.

A beaming Bheemaram Devarakonda Barathaiah, who owns four acres of land under the ayacut, echoed the sentiments of thousands like him when he told Telangana Today that providing irrigation facility for two crops in the ayacut automatically meant financial uplift of farmers. “It will change the face of the villages. I thank the State government for providing irrigation facility for kharif, which we never expected,” he said.