Irrigation & CAD Department of Telangana State is making every effort to harness and utilize all the available water resources for the benefit of Agricultural sector, Industrial Sector and also providing drinking water for overall development.
The main objective of Irrigation Department in Telangana is to create irrigation potential in the drought prone areas, upland areas and upkeep of the existing projects to enhance the agriculture productivity per unit of water with increased water use efficiency.
All the irrigation projects are classified based on the irrigated ayacut under the projects as below:
|Sl.No||Project Classification||Ayacut||No. of Projects|
|1||Major Irrigation Projects||Above 25000 Acres (10,000 ha.)||28|
|2||Medium Irrigation Projects||Above 5000 Acres (2,000 ha.) & upto 25000 Acres ( 10,000 ha.)||39|
|3||Minor Irrigation Projects||Up to 5000 Acres (2,000 ha.)||46,531|
In addition, the Department is also in charge of command area development works, Flood Control works in the State.
For the early completion of ongoing projects and to modernize the existing Irrigation Projects in the state, financial assistance is being taken from Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) (NABARD), JICA (Japan International Co-operation Agency), GOI accelerated irrigation benefit programme (AIBP) and World bank assistance in addition to the Normal State plan.
MAIN FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT
1. Hydrological assessment of availability of water in the river basins including water allocation to the Irrigation and other purposes
2. Planning & design of Irrigation systems.
3. Construction of new projects to create irrigation potential for economic development of the state.
4. Stabilization of existing ayacut by rehabilitation of the age-old projects.
5. Modernization of age old Major & Medium Irrigation projects.
6. Improve water management and water use efficiency by integrated and coordinated efforts by all line departments.
7. Preparation and implementation of operation and maintenance plans for existing Irrigation projects.
8. Flood management.
9. Restoration and maintenance of flood banks.
10. Irrigated area assessment and assessment of water royalty charges for industrial and other utilization.
11. Presentation of data & analysis on water availability, utilization of Interstate river basins, presenting the information to the respective tribunals.
12. Exploration of new project commands.
ORGANISATION SET UP OF THE DEPARTMENT:
After formation of the Telangana State, the Irrigation and CAD Department is strengthened by creating new units and reorganising the existing units as per requirement and necessity of the Government policies.
After reorganization, I&CAD Dept is functioning with 23 Chief Engineers including three Chief Engineers in the cadre of Chief Technical Examiner, Chief Engineer (Enquiries), Chief Engineer (Vigilance) at Secretariat level. The project Chief Engineers function independently as Heads of the Department for their respective units.
At Government level, the policies, the administrative matters, budget and financial matters are being dealt by Special Chief Secretary and Principal Secretaries with the assistance of Joint Secretaries etc. The Irrigation department is headed by the Engineer-in-Chief (AW) who is in charge of overall administration of the I&CAD Department. The department is also headed by one more Engineer-in-Chief (Irrigation) who is in charge of the overall Irrigation Projects of the State. The Engineers-in-Chief are the advisors to the Government and associated with department activities.
The Superintending Engineers are in charge of Circle office and work under the control of the concerned Chief Engineers whose jurisdiction covers more than one district. The Executive Engineer is head of the Division and in charge of construction and maintenance of all Irrigation works under the division. The Deputy Executive Engineer is in charge of sub division and in charge of Construction and maintenance of irrigation works under Sub Divisional jurisdiction and works under the control of Executive Engineer. The Assistant Executive Engineer/Assistant Engineer is in charge of the construction and maintenance of irrigation works within the section and works under the control of Deputy Executive Engineer.
The department is also having quality control organization and vigilance enforcement in order to ensure the quality of work and to prevent sub-standard works and take necessary action on any corrupt practices.
The I&CAD department is strengthened by the Engineering Research Laboratory and training institute WALAMTARI to take up engineering and capacity building activities under control of Director General WALAMTARI.The cadre Strength of the department is as follows:
|5||Deputy Executive Engineers||892|
|6||Asst. Executive Engineers & Asst. Engineers||2796|
|Engineering cadre Total||4007|
|7||Circle scale Ministerial & Technical Staff||6083|
Government of Telangana has envisioned that all departmental services will be delivered to the Citizen at their door step through e-Governance.As part of implementation of e-Governance initiatives in I&CAD department a separate e-Governance Wing has been created in the department(Departmental Engineers after imparting necessary training in java for 4 Months at WALAMTARI, Hyderabad) to develop in-house IT solutions and regular enhancements in the system to suit the modified requirements of the department as per the policies and proceduresfrom time to time, duly in interaction with the field staff for further enhancements to make them user friendly.The Portal facilitates Common Man, Officials of the State, NRIs and Contractors.
1. Starting from Administrative approval till Final Payment all the transactions will be processed through website. The Field Officers can submit the work progress details and view reports online.
2. Human Resources Monitoring System (HRMS) of Telangana Irrigation Department, Telangana State Remote Application Center (TSRAC) and Bill Monitoring System (BMS) of Finance Department are integrated for adding Administrative details, Tank Geographical Location, and Financial Transaction Services.
3. Integrated with Payment Gateway (State Bank of India) to enable Financial Transactions. It is also proposed to integrate the portal with BillDesk to enable foreign interactions / transactions
4. A Mobile App is under development for providing Social Audit service.
The new State of Telangana came into existence on 2nd June 2014, Telangana, situated in the central stretch of the Indian Peninsula on the Deccan Plateau, is the 29th state of India and twelfth-largest state in the country with an extent of 114,840 square kilometres and a population of 35,286,757 (2011 census). Telangana is bordered by the states of Andhra Pradesh to the south and east, Maharashtra to the north and north-west, Karnataka to the west and Chhattisgarh to the north-east.
Telangana has the advantage of having most of the east flowing rivers in the heart of the state bringing in copious supplies from the Western and Eastern Ghats and the Deccan Plateau up to Bay of Bengal. However most of the flows occur only in 3 to 4 months of South West monsoon i.e., June to September. The annual rainfall is between 900 to 1500 mm in northern Telangana and 700 to 900 mm.
Telangana is a riverine state with major, medium and minor rivers. Of these two are major interstate rivers i.e., 1.Godavari and 2.Krishna. Godavari and Krishna flow through the heart of the state. Total water allocated to Projects in Telangana in Krishna basin is 299 TMC and Godavari basin is 954.23 TMC. Apart from the 2 major rivers, there are other 9 Nos. of small rivers such as Bhima, Dindi, Kinnerasani, Manjeera, Manair, Penganga, Pranahita, Peddavagu and Taliperu.
Telangana has a heritage of cultivation and irrigation dating back to several centuries. In the past, ancient Kings and rulers built lakes and reservoirs by constructing bunds and anicuts across rivers for creating irrigation potential as well as drinking water for the people. Big lakes like Ramappa, Pakhal, Laknavaram and many other irrigation works of Kakatiya period have become names to remember and are serving till today. The Mir Alam Tank is the finest example in arched dam constructed across Musi River. The GhanapurAnicut across Manjira with two canals called Fathenahar and Mahabobnahar, Pocharamlake, Osmansagar, Himayatsagar, Nizamsagar Project, Mannair Project, Dindi Project, Palair Project, Wyra Project and Sarlasagar Projects are some of the magnificent contributions of the eminent Engineers of Hyderabad State under Nawab Ali Nawaz Jung Bahadur and other eminent Engineers during the Nizam's kingdom in Telangana.