An efficient irrigation system used to sound like a distant dream in the drought-hit areas of Telangana. Co-incidentally, it is the distant past of the Kakatiya dynasty that might help aid these areas by providing a minor irrigation system.
Mission Kakatiya, launched in 2015, aims at restoring 9,306 tanks per year, to reach the target of 46,531 tanks in five years.
An astonishing fact about this project is that it’s aiming to rebuild over 5,000 tanks that were established between 1163-1323 AD during the reign of the Kakatiya dynasty. The tanks are believed to be built by warrior families of that era. Some of the tanks are still in use today. The irrigation system established then is said to have drastically changed conditions, making the environment more hospitable.
Mission Kakatiya has resulted in an increase in soil moisture, increase in fertility, increase in yield and a decrease in the need for fertilizer.