MK targets 12,000 tanks in 2016

The TS government is contemplating to target 12,000 tanks  in 2016 under the prestigious Mission Kakatiya scheme and begin works in January itself as the irrigation ministry could not achieve the target this year due to delay in beginning the whole exercise in January itself. The dredging activity in tanks began in March as a result of which excavation work was completed only in some tanks. Within five months administrative permissions were given to 8,500 tanks but works were completed only in 2000 tanks. In another 3000 tanks only 80 percent work was completed. Nearly 45 percent works were kept pending but soil worth Rs 300 crore was removed. Officials said that grounding was completed in 7500 tanks out of 8500 tanks permitted.

The scheme did not go on as scheduled as the contractors could not take up works as stipulated. In some villages farmers opposed the dredging work in the tanks occupied by them. In Girijan areas it was difficult to transport the heaps of soil removed.

Government set up a target to improve 9573 tanks every year at a cost of Rs 4,000 crore. But the work did not go as scheduled. In all, 46,447 tanks were to be modernized at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore.

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