Centre likely to issue notification to increase dam height
A proposal to increase the height of Alamatti reservoir from 519 metres to 524 metres has been submitted to the Union government and a notification in this regard is likely to be out soon, said Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday after inspecting Sonna barrage in Afzalpur taluk of the district, he said the Centre has been appealed to interfere in increasing the height of Alamatti dam. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) to implement Mahadayi project at a cost of Rs 800 crore has been sent to the Union government. “After the menace of Covid-18 subsided, I will meet Union water resources minister in New Delhi to get an approval for the project,” Jarkiholi explained.
“I could not take up State-wide tour after I took charge of the ministry due to the scourge of Covid-19. Now, I am touring the State to get the first hand information of the irrigation projects. All irrigation project of Kalaburagi division will be implemented in a phased manner,” he assured.
A meeting of the officials has been convened on July 15 to discuss the management of reservoirs, implementation of lift irrigation projects, giving modern touch to the irrigation projects and the projects to be taken up in the next three years, Jarkiholi said.
A meeting with the chief minister and water resources minister of Maharashtra will be held to resolve the inter-State drinking water problems, he said.
Visit to temple
Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi visited Dattatreya Temple in Deval Ganagapur of Afzalpur taluk on Tuesday and took the darshan of Dattatreya. Temple Executive Officer Mallikarjun Biradar felicitated the minister.