HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has declared that a comprehensive water policy is being implemented to make Palamur district, which was neglected and discriminated against under the United AP rule, into a very fertile land.
The Chief Minister made it clear that by completing the pending projects as well as new projects like Palamur Lift Irrigation Scheme, 18 lakh acres will get irrigated water. The old Mahabubnagar district will be developed on par with the East Godavari district in AP, he assured.
Congress party leaders from old Mahabubnagar district – MP Nandi Yellaiah, MLAs DK Aruna, Dr. Chinna Reddy, A. Sampath Kumar, Vamshichand Reddy, MLC R. Damodar Reddy and others met the Chief Minister at Pragathi Bhavan here on Wednesday. Besides irrigation, other issues of the Mahabubnagar district were also discussed. KCR gave a power point presentation on the water resources and designs of various irrigation projects of Palamur district. He made it clear that beyond politics, his endeavor would be to bring out Palamur district from the injustices being meted out to it during the United AP rule.
“There is an availability of 3,000 TMC of water in Godavari River. In Krishna, we have 1200 TMC. In both the rivers, there is more than 4000 TMC of water is available. If we are able to utilise these waters properly both the states can give water to every acre. There is no reason why we should have any disputes? I told the same thing to AP CM Chandrababu Naidu. In Telangana State, we are implementing a comprehensive irrigation policy to utilise the water from Godavari and Krishna rivers. We have re-designed the projects for this purpose. Telangana State gets more benefit from the Godavari River,” the Chief Minister said.
For Palamur district, the Chief Minister said that one needs to bring in water cent percent from the Krishna River. “This is the reason why we have redesigned the Palamur Lift Irrigation Scheme. Though AP government put some queries we have explained them in the Apex Committee meeting. We have effectively overruled the objections. We will complete Palamur Lift Irrigation Scheme. We will complete Dindi project also. Through Palamur, Rangareddy district will also get water,” the Chief Minister explained.
“As part of project re-designing, we have decided to use water from Srisailam. We can utilise at maximum 8 TMC at Jurala point. But at Srisailam point there is 100 TMC of water is available. We can draw water from this point throughout the year. This is the reason why we made Palamur intake point at Srisailam. The government has also given importance to complete Kalwakurthy, Nettempad, Bhīma and Koilsagar. Last year we gave water. By this Kharif season, pending projects will be completed. We have decided to take up Thummilla Lift Irrigation Scheme also. We will soon start works. We will see that Ghattu Lift works are done in a speedy way,” KCR said.
The Chief Minister said that the Telangana Government has already asked the Centre to take up works related to Gadwal and Macherla Railway line. “I will go to Delhi once again to meet Union Railway Minister. It is very important that works on this line should be taken up immediately. There are more handloom workers in Gadwal and we are setting up a Handloom Park there. More courses will be added to the Gadwal PG Centre and we will develop the Centre. We are setting up more Solar Power Plants in Mahabubnagar District,” the CM disclosed.
He also wanted the Congress leaders to come forward in solving the people’s problems. The state government is working with commitment to develop Mahabubnagar district on all fronts, which was neglected during the united AP, the Chief Minister said.