Hyderabad: The Central government released Rs 450 crore to Telangana as against Rs 900 crore requested by the State government for the development of backward districts in the State. The Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary stated this in response to a question raised by Khammam MP Nama Nageswara Rao in Lok Sabha on Monday.
The Union Minister said in February this year, the Telangana government had requested for release of Rs 900 crore for the development of nine backward districts in the State. Based on the State government’s request and NITI Aayog’s recommendations, the Centre released Rs 450 crore to Telangana as on March 31, he further said.
Airports in Telangana
The Telangana government had proposed the development of three Greenfield airports and three Brownfield airports in the State. In reply to a question raised by TRS MP KR Suresh Reddy in Rajya Sabha, the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh said Telangana proposed three Greenfield Airports at Jakranpally, Nizamabad district, Palvancha, Bhadadri Kothagudem district and Mahabubnagar District. Similarly, three Brownfield Airports are being planned at Mamnoor, Warangal district, Basanth Nagar, Peddapally district and Adilabad district.
“Telangana Government had appointed the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for conducting Techno-Feasibility studies at all the six airports. The AAI has submitted the final report for the above six airports to the State Government. The timeline for completion of airport project depends upon many factors such as land acquisition, availability of mandatory clearances, and financial closure by the project proponent i.e, the State government,” he said.
Online Education at KVs in Telangana
The Central government has said that a total of 35 Kendriya Vidyalayas were functioning in Telangana and blended mode of teaching — online and offline — was being continued in these institutions. Responding to a question by Malkajgiri MP A Revanth Reddy in Lok Sabha, Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan said about 50 per cent of students are attending online classes and the rest were attending offline classes with staggered timings. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has provided all the possible support to the students on the academic front. Besides, online as well as offline tools were provided to the students to bridge the learning gaps, he further said.
‘Stop water release from Srisailam’
The Central government has asked the Telangana government to stop releasing water through Srisailam Left Power House as it was agreed that the quantum of water drawn for power generation purpose was incidental to irrigation and drinking water needs. In reply to a question by Andhra Pradesh MP TG Venkatesh in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Bishweswar Tudu said the Telangana government was informed that it was imperative to follow the water release orders issued by the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB). Last month, KRMB had requested the Telangana government to stop water release exclusively for power generation from the Srisailam dam.
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