Hyderabad: In a major revamp of the Irrigation Department for effective functioning, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday decided to reorganise the department into 11 circles, each headed by a chief engineer. Besides, all the engineering wings in the department will be brought under one umbrella.
Chandrashekhar Rao, who held a review meeting in Karimnagar after a visit to the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS), said the exercise was aimed at facilitating the department achieve the targets set in the field of irrigation as also to fulfill the aspirations of the people.
“The officers concerned must be ready on all fronts to lift 530 TMC of water. Prepare an action plan to utilise each drop of rain water during the coming monsoon, and to fill all the reservoirs and other water bodies in the State. Repairs to all irrigation canals must also be carried out by the end of May,” the Chief Minister said, adding: “There will be great inflows of water due to heavy rains, and this must be pumped from Kannepalli pump house whenever the situation arises.”
Stating that the project was built regardless of the problems and hardships faced during construction, he said engineers should shoulder the responsibility of lifting water, filling reservoirs and ensure utilisation of every drop of Godavari water. The Chief Minister advised them to study how water travels starting from SRSP, through different barrages and pump houses till it reaches the tail-end agricultural lands of the State.
“Strengthen engineering systems, allocate labour judiciously and if needed, use walkie-talkie communication system just like police for better and quicker communications between engineers,” the Chief Minister said. He was categorical in saying that everyone in the KLIS team should be aware of which pump was working, how much water it was lifting, the quantum of water to be lifted, when to stop it and when to release it. “Only then can the Godavari water be utilised to its fullest,” he added.
Earlier in the morning, the Chief Minister reached Kaleshwaram from Karimnagar by a helicopter to review the project. He had darshan at the Kaleshwara Muktheswara Swami temple. The district administration, temple management and priests received Chandrashekhar Rao with traditional Poorna Khumba at the temple where he offered special prayers to the presiding deities. The Chief Minister also visited the Godavari Pushkar Ghat, a confluence of three rivers and offered prayers to the River Goddess.
The Chief Minister visited the Lakshmi Barrage at Medigadda and held an impromptu review at the project view point. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Engineer-in-Chief Nalla Venkateswarlu, OSD to Chief Minister Sridhar Rao Deshpande were among the senior officials present. The Chief Minister also explained the significance and the aims of KLIP to Rajat Kumar, who recently took over as Principal Secretary of Irrigation department.
The Chief Minister, after having lunch at Medigadda, returned to Karimnagar. Ministers Etela Rajender and Koppula Eswar , MP Joginipally Santosh Kumar, local legislators Duddilla Sridhar Babu, Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy, Somesh Kumar, Secretary to CMO, Smitha Sabharwal, Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma accompanied the Chief Minister.