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2 Irrigation Facilities in Telangana Get Heritage Tag

  • Telangana, September 10, 2018: The highest decision making body of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), the International Executive Council has accepted Telangana government’s nomination of Sadarmatt anicut across river Godavari in Nirmal district and Pedda Cheruvu in Kamareddy district in the ICID Register of Heritage Irrigation Structures.

    A decision to this effect was taken at the 69th meeting of the ICID international executive council meeting held from August 12 to 17 at Sanskatoon in Canada. The awards and plaque have been received by member secretary, Indian National Committee on Surface Water.

    The engineer in chief (Admin), Irrigation and CADA, B Nagendra Rao received a communication to this effect from Harendra Singh, Deputy Director, Indian National Committee on Surface Water.
    The Sadarmatt barrage across Godavari near Medampalli village in Khanapur of Nirmal district is an iconic structure installed by the then Hyderabad ruler Nawab Ikbal-ud-Dowla in 1891-92.
    Designed by JJ Ottley a French engineer, it was constructed during the regime of the Taluqdar (governor), CE Wilkinson

    Touted to be the oldest barrage of Telangana, the scenic anicut was contemplated by the erstwhile Government of Hyderabad as an integral part of Godavari valley scheme to irrigate lands on the north flank of Godavari. It was envisaged to irrigate 13,100 acres of paddy fields in 26 villages Khanapur and Kadem mandals, with a storage capacity of 4.129 tmc. It was designed to discharge 7.76 lakh cusecs of flood water.

    Regarded as an engineering marvel, the historic structure was built in two arms separated by a high mound in between and consists of a masonry structure 2m high and pointed on the face and plastered on top surface with a length of anicut is 437.4m on the left flank and 23.8m on the right flank. It has been a major source of irrigation for Khanapur and Kadem mandals since inception.

    “Sadarmatt anicut is a marvelous structure built without spending many funds. It has been over a century since the erecting the barrage. Still, the structure is playing a vital role in the growth of the agriculture sector of Khanapur Assembly constituency,” Khanapur village development committee chairman Chinni Rajeshwar Reddy opined.

    Despite the glorious history, the anicut failed to draw attention of successive governments. However, Telangana government released Rs 16 crore for renovating canals of the barrage. It is constructing a new barrage across Godavari, 7 kilo meters above the Sadarmatt, at Ponkal village in Mamada mandal, costing Rs 520 crore. The works are being progressed at a remarkable speed.