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Mission Kakatiya gives hope to drought-hit regions

Irrigation officials from five parched States plan to replicate interact with TS officials, farmers about the project, plan to replicate it
Hyderabad: Mission Kakatiya can be the panacea for drought, repeated crop failures and distress in Kalahandi in Odisha, Marathwada in Maharashtra and Bundelkhand, which is divided between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, members of a visiting team felt.
The members were part of the CWC team visiting Telangana to study the success of the State government’s flagship programme aimed at the revival and rejuvenation of 46,531 minor irrigation sources.
The 30-member team interacted with irrigation officials of Telangana at the MCHRD on Monday. They were given a power point presentation on the implementation of Mission Kakatiya and explained about the key factors that contributed to its success.
The team comprised irrigation officials from New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. They will submit a note to the CWC on the scope for replicating Mission Kakatiya in their States to mitigate the persisting drought conditions, CWC Chief Engineer CKL Das said.
Chairman of Krishna River Management Board SK Haldar and Chief Engineer of Krishna Godavari Basin Organisation RK Gupta were also among the key officials who took part in the field visit. They are all praises for the splendid efforts made by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and his government for reviving the Kakatiya tank system and the way the people’s participation was ensured in the mission.
Das said Mission Kakatiya will have a positive impact on the socio-economic conditions of the people in the State. It already gave hope to fishermen and those depending on other traditional occupations. A senior engineer from Uttar Pradesh said the project if replicated in another drought -affected regions will help address drinking water problems and unemployment.
Krishna Basin Minor Irrigation Chief Engineer K Suresh had an elaborate interaction with the members of the visiting team, which was impressed with the success stories of the project. The team visited village tanks at Toophram and Narsapur. They interacted with farmers, farm workers and others who benefitted from the project directly and indirectly.
Farmers at Narsapur informed the team that their village tank supports crops in 445-acre ayacut as against the original ayacut of 510 acres. Narsapur Sarpanch Venkata Ramana Rao said Mission Kakatiya helped recharge the groundwater table.
The team will have one more round of interaction with the State officials on Tuesday before leaving from Hyderabad.
Telanganatoday

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