Paleru

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Paleru Reservoir

Paleru is a tributary of the Krishna river which joins the main river near Mukteswarapuram in Jaggayyapeta mandal of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh.[1] During the Nizam rule, a reservoir was constructed on the river at Paleru town, Kusumanchi. Hundreds of acres are irrigated with the help of this reservoir.[2] Paleru reservoir acts as a balancing reservoir to the Nagarjunasagar left canal.

Town[edit]

Paleru town is located on the Khammam to Suryapet road in Kusumanchi, under sub division of Khammam district. The Palair village has population of 5143 of which 2625 are males while 2518 are females as per Population Census 2011.[3]

Constituency[edit]

Paleru is an assembly constituency in the district of Khammam.

Attraction[edit]

There is a small park adjoining the reservoir where boating facility is available.

Bhakta Ramadasu lift irrigation scheme[edit]

About Bhakta Ramadasu

Pouranic stories tell us about the ardent devotee Bhakta Ramadasu and his association with Lord Sri Rama. The stories also tell us about Sri Rama moving in Bhadrachalam forests during his 14 year forest life. Probably that might be the reason why Bhadrachalam is known as southern Ayodhya. Being an ardent devotee of Rama, Bhakta Ramadasu, while he was Tahasildar of this area during 17th Century built the temple for him in Bhadrachalam facing lots of problems. The temple is famous all over the country till today. Ramadasu whose original name was Kancherla Gopanna became Bhakta Ramadasu since then. While Ramadasu built temple being an ardent devotee of Rama, KCR because of his affection and love to the people of Paler built this project. That is how the project is named after him as Bhakta Ramadasu Project. January 31 is celebrated as Ramadasu Birth Anniversary and appropriately the project is being inaugurated coinciding his birthday and is dedicated to the people. On this day Government is officially celebrating the birthday celebrations on a large scale.[4]

Project that has re-written history

At a time when irrigation projects mean time delays and years of extended project completion periods, Bhakta Ramadasu project is completed within 11 months from the date of laying foundation stone and is all set to release water. The Chief Minister has laid the foundation stone for Bhakta Ramadasu scheme on February 16, 2016 in Palair in Khammam district. It was targeted that the project will be completed by March 2017. But the project is completed 2 months ahead and earlier than expected. It is one of the fastest completed projects in the country. On Jan 31, to commemorate Bhakta Ramadasu Jayanthi, the CM will dedicate the project to the people. The scheme is going to irrigate 60,000 acres in hitherto parched Tirumalayapalem, Kusumanchi, Nelakondapally, Mudigonda, Khammam Rural mandals under Palair Assembly Constituency represented by R&B Minister Sri Tummala Nageswar Rao and Dornakal mandal of Mahabubabad district. Agriculture lands DBM 60 under Sriram Sagar project will also be irrigated by this project.

Under this Scheme 5.5 TMC water from Nagarjuna Sagar Balancing Reservoir at Palair is pumped from a height of 125.700 Metres to DBM-60 (Sriram Sagar Project state - II) which is at a height of 187 meters and be released at the 45th kilometer. Tenders were invited on e-procurement basis and Mega Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) was given the contract. It was agreed between the government and the working Agency that the project will be completed by March 2017.[5]

Speedy acquisition of lands under GO No. 123

Land acquisition is done through GO No. 123. Land of 128.70 acres is acquired within a short time. The farmers are also given the compensation immediately and they too have also extended their full support. Under the guidance of the Chief Minister, both Irrigation Minister Sri T. Harish Rao and R&B Minister Sri Tummala Nageswar Rao monitored the project’s works on a daily basis with the Collector Lokesh and other officials concerned. They have shown utmost commitment and dedication towards the project. This has resulted in completing 16.50 KM length of main pipeline laying on a record time. The equipment like two motor pumps procured for the Indira Sagar Lift Irrigation Scheme, which are not in use, are utilised for this project and Rs. 90.87 Crore is spent on other civil works, motors, pipelines etc.,

Sub Station completed in 100 days

Works on supplying power to this scheme have also been commenced simultaneously. The Telangana State Transco has planned to set up 7.83 kilometers HT power lines till the Kusumanchi Power House and 132/11 KV Sub Station at the Pump House within 100 days and executed accordingly. Normally for any lift irrigation scheme it will take two years to complete the civil, mechanical electrical, laying of pipelines etc. But due to the coordinated efforts by irrigation, revenue, power departments and the Working Agency, these works on Bhakta Ramadasu project were completed at a fast phase.

Trial Run successful

Trial run of the first Pump, Motor and pipeline was conducted on January 23, 2017 successfully. 300 Cu Secs of water was released through this pump to Kakatiya Sub Channel DBM-60. The second trial will be held in February. Thus the entire work pertaining to the scheme is completed well before the targeted date and two months ahead and made ready by January 2017.

Palair is blessed

There is irrigation facility in Khammam district drawing water from both Godavari and Krishna rivers. But some Mandals under Paliar are facing water scarcity. Though there are crops all over the district, lands in these mandals turn arid patches. To facilitate water canals were also dug under SRSP stage-II. This is also the last Ayucut under SRSP. However never water could be drawn through SRSP. Never the water flow crossed Warangal District boundaries. Understanding the plight, the Chief Minister has asked the officials to make plans for the supply of water to these mandals for irrigation. The Officials have surveyed the area and came out with Bhakta Ramadasu project proposals. It was proposed to lift water from Paler reservoir and pump in to SRSP canal. The Chief Minister has immediately given an administrative sanction and released the funds too. He himself laid the foundation stone and reviewed the progress of works regularly. He also entrusted the responsibility of the project to Minister Sri Nageswara Rao. He also asked the Irrigation Minister Sri Harish Rao to expedite the process of tenders and other administrative measures. Accordingly, the ministers concentrated on the progress of this project. While from one side the project work was in progress, simultaneously, repair work on SRSP canal was undertaken. In addition to irrigated water through canal system, it is also planned to fill the tanks. The ground water levels will also go up and the entire climatic change in Paler area will change for better. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.khammam.ap.gov.in/khammam/handBook.apo?mode=handBookDetails&id=Khammam_Hand_Book
  2. ^ "Palair Dam D02877". Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  3. ^ http://khammam.nic.in/html/Developmental%20Activites/population2001.htm
  4. ^ "Telangana State Portal Bhakta Ramadasu project sets a record". www.telangana.gov.in. Retrieved 2017-03-26.  line feed character in |title= at position 23 (help)
  5. ^ "Telangana State Portal Bhakta Ramadasu project sets a record". www.telangana.gov.in. Retrieved 2017-03-26.  line feed character in |title= at position 23 (help)
  6. ^ "Telangana State Portal Bhakta Ramadasu project sets a record". www.telangana.gov.in. Retrieved 2017-03-26.  line feed character in |title= at position 23 (help)

Coordinates: 15°19′N 80°06′E / 15.317°N 80.100°E / 15.317; 80.100