Bangalore: Govt plans new irrigation tanks in Krishna basin

BANGALORE: The government proposes to construct at least 500 new minor irrigation tanks in the River Krishna basin, Minister for Minor Irrigation Govind Karjol said on Friday.  

Speaking to reporters, he said that the envisaged number includes tanks and barrages. The department has appealed for a budgetary allocation of Rs 1,000 crore for the same. The total cost estimate is about Rs 4,000 crore, he said.  

Of the Rs 57 crore that was allotted for the purpose in 2009-10, Rs 46 core had been released, he said. Karjol noted that there was no scope for construction of new tanks in the Cauvery basin as the state had exhausted its allocated share.  

Identification of tank bed encroachments and steps to clear them were on across the state and in the jurisdiction of urban local bodies like City Corporations, he said. The department has reiterated its stand that local bodies should take responsibility for its water bodies, Karjol said

From ExpressBuzz

Tamilnadu: Rain in Pudukottai

PUDUKOTTAI: Parts of Pudukottai district witnessed moderate to sharp showers on Saturday evening.

The rain cheered the farmers especially those in the tail-end areas of the Cauvery basin.


LOW pressure formation .. and seen crashing over cauvery Delta region

A low pressure formation seen by GFS model near East of Srilanka on 1-Nov-09

And on 2-Nov-09, it becomes more dense ..

Around 4-Nov-09, the system is seen crashing into Cauvery delta zone (where Cyclone Nisha-2008, crashed).. but this is going to be a Depression at the maximum according to latest GFS models… this might change.

From 3-Nov to 7-Nov-09 very heavy showers forecast all along the Tamilnadu coast.


Karnataka-Cauvery: six lift irrigation project proposals dropped

BANGALORE: The State Government has abandoned its plans for executing six lift irrigation schemes (LIS) in the Cauvery basin as it was difficult to get the consent of the other riparian States.

The State Government had planned to get financial support under the Vidharbha package to undertake the projects. It dropped its plans in respect of eight of the 17 major and medium irrigation projects for which it was to seek Government of India guarantees to raise loans.

The Planning Commission, the sources in the Department of Water Resources said, would not approve the proposals for taking LISs without the consent of the riparian States.

According to sources in the Department of Water Resources, the eight projects were Hemavathi (2,83,00 hectares of land), Harangi (54,500 hectares of land), Yagachi (14,900 hectares of land), Kamasamudra (3,900 hectares of land), Huchakoplu (3,300 hectares of land) and Kachena Halli (3,480 hectares of land). The first LIS was designed to supply water to Mandya and Tumkur districts, the second one to Arkalgud taluk and Kushalnagar, the third one to Belur taluk, the last three to Hassan taluk and neighbouring areas.

The other two projects, namely Chicklihole (1,600 hectares of land) and Markandeya scheme (19,000 hectares of land) in Belgaum district had been completed, the sources said that there was no need for any Central support and hence dropped. The need for dropping the projects, especially in the Cauvery command area had arisen, because the allocation by the tribunal had been curtailed.

The sources said the commission had asked the State Government to accept the tribunal award and then the Centre could approve the projects, but the Government maintained that it could not do so in view of its application against the award pending before the Supreme Court. However, the Centre was likely to approve proposals for modernisation of six pick-ups, built of brick, lime and mortar at places such as Kattepura (Krishnaraja Sagar pick-up) situated either upstream or downstream of the KRS, which had been in operation for centuries.

T.S. Ranganna From THE HINDU

High water level in Cauvery: Flood alert in Hogenakal

Dharmapuri, Sep 19: Due to increase in the water level in river Cauvery today, the villagers living around the river bed areas in Hogenakkal near here were asked to vacate and move to safer places.

PWD sources said due to the release of surplus water from Krishnaraj Sagar and Kabini reservoirs in Karnataka and continuous rainfall in catchment areas the water flow into river Cauvery considerably increased from yesterday.

The water flow stood at 43,000 cusecs per second till this evening.

The path way to water falls has been immersed in water.

Fishing and coracle operations were terminated and tourists were also advised not to take bath in the river.

Officials from various departments including Revenue, PWD, Forest, Police and Fire Rescue Operations were deployed to monitor the situation, sources added. – Agencies


Cauvery Basin-GAIL signs Gas Sale Contract for PY-1 Gas

GAIL signed two contracts for sourcing of natural gas from PY-1 field for supply to a power plant in Tamil Nadu here. A long term Gas Sale Contract (GSC) for the PY-1 gas supplies was signed between GAIL and HOEC. GAIL also entered into a contract in downstream for the supply of PY-1 gas with PPN Power Generating Company Private Limited at Pillaiperumalnallur in Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu. Shri J Wason, Executive Director (Marketing), GAIL, Shri Manish Maheshwari, Joint Managing Director, HOEC and Shri S. Narayanan, Managing Director, PPN Power signed the Contracts. Shri B C Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director, GAIL, Shri R K Goel, Director (Finance), Shri A K Purwaha, Director (BD), Shri R D Goyal, Director (Projects), Shri S L Raina, Director (HR), GAIL and other senior officials of GAIL, HOEC and PPN Power were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri B C Tripathi, CMD, GAIL described the signing of Contracts as an important occasion and hoped that this development will mark the beginning of a beneficial relationship for all parties and bring value to them. He described the development as a new beginning for future collaborations. He reiterated GAIL’s commitment for the best services to its customers..

The GSC between GAIL and HOEC provides for a primary term of 15 years which can be extended on mutually agreed terms. Gas supplies are expected to commence shortly.   For the first six years, gas supplies are expected in the range of 51,000 mmbtu per day. GAIL is also entitled to receive additional gas, if any, from the field as per the terms of the Contract.

PY-1 field was awarded under pre-NELP round and Production Sharing Contract (PSC) was signed between the Government of India and PY-1 consortium in October 1995.  The field covers an area of about 75 square kilometres and is situated in offshore Cauvery Basin. Presently, HOEC is having 100% participating interest in the said field.

Extraction of Natural Gas from River Basin

Extraction of Natural Gas from River Basin

Sourcing has been identified as one of the focus area for growth by GAIL. GAIL has entered into sourcing arrangements with SGL Consortium for gas available from RJ-ON/6 block in Rajasthan for a quantity of approx. 31000 MMBTU per day (0.95 MMSCMD) of gas in August 2009. GAIL has also entered into a long term contract with PMT consortium for supply of entire production of Panna, Mukta and Tapti fields, wherein the gas supplies range between 15 to 17 MMSCMD.

About GAIL (India) Limited
GAIL today owns and operates a network of over 7,100 km of Natural Gas high pressure trunk pipeline with a capacity to carry 155 MMSCMD of natural gas across the country. Today, the major focus for GAIL is to maintain its dominant position in the gas business, especially the transmission segment and continue the relationship with existing customers and also add more customers. Therefore, during the 11th plan period, GAIL would build 5000 km of pipelines at an estimated investment of Rs. 20,000 crore. When these pipelines are commissioned, the capacity is expected to increase to around 300 MMSCMD in 2011.


Tamilnadu: Reliance planning a single-well programme in high risk Cauvery-Palar block

The operating committee (OC) of the Cauvery-Palar Basin block CY-PR-DWN-2001/3 has decided to launch a single-well exploration programme in the deepwater acreage. “A fresh exploration programme is expected to commence in the Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) operated block by February-March 2010,” reliable company sources have said. The processing of the 3D seismic programme has been completed recently, however data interpretation is still underway.

Exploration, especially in the deep-sea blocks off the country’s coast, is an expensive process involving very complex technology, sources added. Reliance wants a complete and updated seismic map of the Cauvery-Palar basin, in which the company owns four blocks, totalling 41,770 sq km. It had initially bid for the blocks along with Hardy Oil and Gas, but Hardy sold its 10% interest to Reliance in 2004.

The E&P major had a major face-off with the ministry over the non-submission of bank guarantees towards an extension of the exploratory phase in the Cauvery-Palar block. Reliance came under the petroleum ministry’s scrutiny earlier this year, when the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) was asked to explain as to why the private sector E&P major dithered on fulfilling this statutory requirement even after securing the upstream regulator’s recommendation for an extension of the Phase-I MWP in the block up to December 31, 2007, in order to garner the benefits of the proposed rig moratorium policy of the government.

Reliance had originally sought an extension for Phase-I exploration in the block from October 2007, when the first phase of exploration was set to expire after a first extension of six months, up to April 2008, in order to complete an additional work programme in the block.

The DGH had subsequently sought the submission of bank guarantees for the extensions as per the terms of the government’s new extension policy. The contractor, however, neither submitted the bank guarantee nor pursued the case despite several reminders.

Source: IndianPetro