Nalgonda: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao set a record of sorts on Wednesday when he laid the foundation stone for 13 Lift Irrigation Schemes (LIS) including Nellikallu LIS and three canal modernisation works at Nellikallu in Nalgonda district. The construction of these irrigation projects will be taken up at an estimated cost of about Rs 2,395 crore, which will irrigate an additional ayacut of 1.3 lakh acres, benefiting farmers in the Assembly constituencies of Devarakonda, Nagarjuna Sagar, Munugode, Kodada and Huzurnagar of erstwhile Nalgonda district.
The Chief Minister arrived by helicopter at Nandikonda at around 12.40 pm and reached Nellikallu by the road where he performed a special puja and laid foundation stones for the lift irrigation schemes at the same location. This includes repair to HLC (high-level canal)-8 and HLC-9 distributary canals for water supply from the LLC (low-level canal) pump house to the Nellikal LIS.
Similarly, foundation stones were laid for Pogilla LIS, Kambalapally LIS, Nambapuram-Peddagattu LIS, Ammabhavani Peddamunagala LIS, AKBR LIS in Devarakonda Assembly constituency; Dunnapothulagandi- Balnepally-Champlathanda LIS, Keshavapuram Kondrapole LIS, Bothalapalem-Wadapally LIS in Miryalaguda constituency; and CC (concrete cement) lining of Nagarjuna Sagar Left Bank Canal (NSLBC) from 1.8 km to 70.52 km in Miryalaguda constituency.
Further, foundation stones were laid for the Muktyala branch canal LIS, Janpadu branch canal LIS, and also CC lining of Muktyala branch canal, Janpadu branch canal and NSLBC main canal (from 70.52km to 115.4 km) covering the Assembly constituencies of Huzurnagar, Kodad and Suryapet.
Chandrashekhar Rao wore a Karobaar bracelet presented by the local Banjara temple priest to honour the tradition of the local Banjara community. The State Legislative Council Chairman Gutha Sukhender Reddy, Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy, MLAs, MLCs, Zilla Parishad chairpersons and other elected representatives from the erstwhile Nalgonda district, attended the ceremony.
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