Sitarama irrigation project awaits wildlife board nod

Khammam: Getting permission from the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) for acquiring forest land for Sitarama Lift Irrigation Project (SRLIP) is not an easy task and the officials of the Irrigation Department are equipping themselves with answers to all the queries that may be posed by members of the Board. After getting permission from the Telangana Board for Wildlife to acquire 442 hectares in the eco core zone of Kinnersani Wildlife Sanctuary, the state government is speeding up the process of getting permission from NBWL. The Board permission is mandatory for the 442 hectare land acquisition to irrigate 6.75 lakh acre through SRLIP. The Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary, which spread across 62,500 hectare once, has been reduced to 40,000 hectare due to the encroachments. The sanctuary spreads in four assembly segments of Kothagudem, Yellandu, Pinapaka and Wyra.

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Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle