- Two irrigation facilities of Telangana have been granted Heritage Irrigation Structures tag in a meeting of the International Executive Council, the highest decision making body of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), at Saskatoon in Canada.
- TheInternational 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.
About Sadarmatt anicut
- Sadarmatt anicut was built by Nawab Ikbal-ud-Dowla who bore the tile of Vicar-ul-Umrah Bahadur in 1891-92 about 50 km downstream of the Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) and is chiefly fed by Sawrnavagu stream after the construction of SRSP.
- It has provided precious water for paddy crops in its designed ayacut of 13,100 acres in present day Khanapur and Kadem mandals since its construction in 1891-92.
- Sadarmatt anicut is 437.4 m long on its left flank and 23.8 m on its right flank.
About Pedda Cheruvu
- The Pedda Cheruvu (big tank in Telugu) is spread over an area of 618 acres.
- It was built in 1897 during the rule of Mir Mahaboob Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad State.
- It has a 1.8-km-long tank bund and 145-metre weir and three sluices. It’s catchment area is spread over 68.97 sq. km. and total flood flow is 8,860 cusecs.
- Womenfolk play Bathukamma festival during the Navaratrotsavalu on its bund and immerse them in its waters.
- This tank was taken up under the second round of Mission Kakatiya to be developed as a mini tank bund with an estimated outlay of ₹6.6 crore.
About International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
- The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID),established in 1950 is a leading scientific, technical, international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization. ICID is a professional network of experts from across the world in the field of irrigation, drainage, and flood management. The main mission is to promote ‘Sustainable agriculture water management’ to achieve ‘Water secure world free of poverty and hunger through sustainable rural development’.