In a somewhat historic moment, the Telangana and Maharashtra governments today signed three agreements to share the waters of the Godavari, Pranahita and Penganga rivers. Two large states Maharashtra and Telangana have finally signed agreement for three irrigation projects. However, these agreements were signed in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Do You Know –
- Under this agreement, the two States would take up Tummidi Hatti, Medigadda and Chanaka-Korata irrigation projects on Godavari River and its tributaries also.
- It’s a record of sorts for two neighbouring states to settle river water disputes in just two years.
The Medigadda project is planned as part of the Kaleswaram reservoir, at a height of 100 metres, with an impounding capacity of 16 TMC. About 18.9 lakh acres are expected to be irrigated under the project in Warangal, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, Nalgonda and Rangareddy districts. The Tummidijhatti project planned at the height of 148 metres FRL (Full Reservoir Level) on River Godavari’s tributary Pranahitha, will store 1.8 tmc water.
Under the third agreement, Chanaka-Korata barrage will be built on Penganga river. This barrage with 213 metre height and 0.85 TMC storage will irrigate land in Maharashtra and Adilabad district of Telangana. Government of Telangana has taken up six other projects in the region along with the three projects forming a part of the pact including Lower Penganga & Lendi. Construction of total 10 dams & barrages is involved here.
This news is important for UPSC 2017. UPSC often targets these types of topics, even in the UPSC PRELIMS 2016…question from irrigation project was thrown.