Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-05-18 20:46 Bengaluru: The Department of Water Resources plans to develop solar parks in collaboration with the state energy department in lands available around reservoirs falling under the department, said Water Resources Minister MB Patil. “We have identified about 800 acres of land near Narayanapur Reservoir built across the Krishna river and another 500 acres of land near Hidkal dam , 100 acres near Karanja and another 100 acres of land near Gandori Nala project site to set up solar parks,” he said. Taking stock of the progress of various on-going projects including that of Upper Bhadra, Upper Tunga irrigation projects, and the Yettinahole drinking water projects, the minister directed officials to expedite the pace of the projects, especially the Upper Bhadra project, which was envisaged to provide water to the parched district of Chitradurga district. “Water should be flowing through the Upper Bhadra canals within 18 months,” said the minister. He also exhorted officials to put Amarja, Chulkinala and Bennethorea irrigation projects, which fall in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, on fast-track. On the Yettinahole drinking water project, the minister said a special officer would be appointed to establish a separate board on the lines of KBJNL and KNNL to execute the project. Senior officials Rakesh Singh, Principal Secretary, Water Resources, R Rudraiah, Managing Director of the KNNL were present on the occasion.