Farmers of at least 15 villages in Devarakonda are a happy lot with the State government authorising release of water from Dindi Project.

And on Saturday when Minister for Energy and SC Development G. Jagadish Reddy with District Collector Gaurav Uppal released the required water for the ongoing kharif season, the ayacut farmers realised it was for the first time that water was being released from the project in four years. Known as the ‘most dry places’ in the district, farmers in Dindi, Chandampeta and Devarakonda mandals were assured of water for irrigation for an extent of about 10,000 acres through the left canal.

Of the 1.2 tmc ft water in the project now, 1 tmc ft would be released in on/off method. And the release of water would be stopped with the onset of rains, the officials said.

The option of drawing water from Kalwakurthy Scheme into Dindi project could also be explored, in the event of unfavourable conditions, they suggested.

With a tightly-packed schedule on Saturday, the Minister toured the mandals here addressing partymen and public. Mr. Reddy later inspected the Singarajupalli reservoir that is under construction, distributed Kalyana Lakshmi cheques, and laid foundation for a Youth Bhawan, and an SC community hall before inaugurating a 33/11 kv substation in PA Pally mandal.

Devarakonda MLA R. Ravindra Kumar Naik, ZP Chairman N. Balu Naik and others were present.

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