Irrigation Minister Sri T. Harish Rao reviewed the progress of Mid Manair project with Department officials at Secretariat.
The stage has been set for impounding some 10 tmc of water in Mid Manair Dam with a view to extending irrigation to some 80,000 acres in its command area this year. Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, who reviewed the rehabilitation and resettlement issues involved in the implementation of project, announced release of Rs 45 crore for the purpose on Friday.
Constructed as a balancing reservoir as part of the Sriramsagar Project (SRSP) Stage-II, the dam will be causing displacement in eight villages. Tardy progress in the works on the project, that was taken up in 1991, in the undivided state resulted in inordinate delay in the payment of compensation to the oustees.
The government had already spent over Rs 1375 crores for land acquisition as well as rehabilitation of the displaced families after putting the implementation of the project on fast track. The government had assured fair compensation to the farmers, who all had to part with their land as part of the land acquisition process.
The Minister has directed the project authorities to pay Rs 2 lakh each immediately to the families that had to abandon their houses well before the water storage was built up to meet the irrigation needs in the command area. He has been closely monitoring the R and R works to ensure the proper rehabilitation of the affected families.
He asked the officials of the irrigation department and the revenue department to ensure that all amenities were provided in the resettlement colonies. There would no paucity of funds for payment of compensation to the land oustees. Since some of the oustees are yet to move out of their habitations, steps should be taken to shift them to the new settlements.
The Mid Manair received flash flood on September 25 last year and the incomplete earthen dam was affected partly. The government focused its total attention to the completion of Mid Manair and stepped up the pace of works. A major part of the pending works were completed in a record time.