A meeting of the International Executive Council, the highest decision making a body of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), at Saskatoon in Canada last month 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.
It was constructed during 1891-92 across Godavari river on the left arm on downstream of Sriram Sagar Project near Medampally village in Nirmal. It was built by Nawab Ikbal-ud-Dowla who bore the title of Vicar-ul-Umrah Bahadur about 50 km downstream of the Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) and is chiefly fed by Sawrnavagu stream.
The anicut was constructed only for irrigation purpose to provide water to 13,100 acres of land. While major crop being irrigated under Sadarmatt is paddy (contributing 80% of irrigated area), the other crops include maize and turmeric.
The Pedda Cheruvu (big tank in Telugu) was built in 1897 during the rule of Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad State. 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 crores.
About International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID):
The ICID is a Technical and Voluntary Not-for-profit, International NGO, dedicated to enhancing the worldwide supply of food and fiber for all people by improving water and land management, and the productivity of irrigated and drained lands.
The ICID By-laws have been enacted its International Executive Council for the due implementation of the provisions of the Constitution of the Commission. It is headquartered in New Delhi.
ICID has been involved in the global discussions leading to Agenda 21, World Water Vision, World Water Forums etc., which have become the focal point of several of its technical activities.
In recognition of its significant contribution to the programs and objectives of International Year of Peace proclaimed by the UN General Assembly, on 15 September 1987 ICID was designated as a Peace Messenger by the UN Secretary General.