Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has ordered a slight change in the design of Tummilla Lift Irrigation Scheme by changing the first point of water drawal in phase-I on Tungabhadra River a little further downstream from the present location, from where at least 1 TMC more water could be drawn.
The Chief Minister, along with Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and Special Secretary Smitha Sabarwal, undertook an aerial survey of Sunkesula barrage on Friday before proceeding to Tummilla village where pump house works are going on for the project. Reviewing the works with Irrigation officials, Chandrashekhar Rao asked the engineers to extend the already dug canals a little further to the newly identified point, so that more water can be drawn, even though it may result in additional financial burden.
He enquired with the irrigation engineers about the original capacity of Sunkesula barrage in Rayalaseema region when Sir Arthur Cotton built it and how much additional water they were able to draw due to the shortcomings of Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme (RDS). It turned out that Andhra Pradesh has been utilizing more than 100 TMC because the RDS was flawed.
The Chief Minister instinctively reacted and sought utilization of Tungabhadra water through Tummilla Lift Irrigation Scheme. He asked the engineers where the best point to access water was without going into the dead storage area of Sunkesula and the engineers pointed out the new location where it was deeper and from where more water could be drawn to ensure that the entire ayacut under RDS could be stabilized and brought back to its past glory. Panchayat Raj Minister Jupally Krishna Rao and State Planning Board vice-chairman S Niranjan Reddy welcomed the Chief Minister at Tummilla.