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Water from TB Dam released into canals for Irrigation, all illegal pump sets to be removed

Puja Offerings were performed at the Tungabhadra Reservoir in Koppal district before water was released into different canals for Irrigation purposes for farmers on Sunday. It will be available for farmers till November 30 for usage.

In compliance with the decision taken at the Tungabhadra Irrigation Consultative Committee (ICC) meeting chaired by Minister for Infrastructure Development, Haj and Wakf and Ballari district in-charge B.S. Anand Singh and attended by MLAs, MLCs and MPs from Raichur, Koppal and Ballari districts, recently, the authorities of the Water Resources Department, on Sunday, released water into different canals for the first crop of the year.

“The Yediyurappa government has shown its commitment to the development of the farming community by prioritising irrigation projects,” a member of KDP Amaresh Karadi said after water was officially released into the canals.

In its 115th meeting held at the conference hall of the Tungabhadra Command Area Development Authority (T-CADA) near the Tungabhadra Reservoir in Munirabad, the ICC resolved to release 4,100 cusecs into the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal (TLBC), 1,130 cusecs into the Tungabhadra Right Bank High-Level Canal and 700 cusecs into the Tungabhadra Right Bank Low-Level Canal from July 18 to November 30.

After puja was performed at the Tungabhadra Reservoir at Munirabad, Koppal district, by people’s representatives and members of Karnataka Development Programme (KDP), water was released into the canals. The Rayabasava Canal will get water at a rate of 235 cusecs till December 10 and the Left Bank High-Level Canal 25 cusecs till November 30.

“Mr Anand Singh, who presided over the meeting, clearly directed the district administration to take immediate steps to remove all illegal pump sets connected to the Tungabhadra canals and ensure adequate water supply to farmers in the tail-end areas of the canals. The administrations should immediately start removing all illegal pump sets so that authorised farmers in Manvi and Sirwar in Raichur district get water for irrigation,” Mr Malipatil said.

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