Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao who is firm on completing the multi crore Kaleshwaram project in time, will be visiting the project site on a stock taking mission on Thursday. His visit, that comes after a gap of 17 months, assumed significance in view of the fact that the project is high on the agenda of the State government.
Kaleshwaram project that was redesigned for shaping it into the lifeline of Telangana, has received all major clearances, including the green nod from the Centre last month. The Chief Minister, who has closely been monitoring the progress on a day-to-day basis, wanted the pace of works on important packages such as lifts and pump houses to be stepped up to meet the deadlines.
His visit will be followed by a review on the progress of project on Friday. The Minister for Irrigation, the Special Chief Secretary, S K Joshi and the top brass of the Irrigation Department, who have been accompanying the Chief Minister, will take part in the review.
Laying the foundation stone for the lift irrigation project at Medigadda as part of the redesigned scheme on May 2, 2016, Chief Minister assured the State that the project would be completed by all means within two years.
Accordingly, he could help resolve the riparian issues with neighbouring Maharashtra to find a way forward for the implementation of the project. Undeterred by the hurdles created by the opposition that was hell bent on stalling its progress, the Chief Minister had amply proved “where there is a will there is a way.”
His dream of pumping out Godavari water from Medigadda to the Kalshwaram canal system is going to be a reality. The stage has been set for a dry run of the major pump house at Ramadugu on December 15. People will be able to find Godavari water making its way from Yellampali to Mid Manair project very soon. The Chief Minister had devoted over 100 hours for review of the work progress from time to time during the past eight months. But much more time was spent on planning that had gone into the implementation of the project.
The project will be creating a new ayacut of 18,25,700 acres besides stabilizing the existing ayacut of 18,82,970 acres. So far as the new ayacut is concerned, the beneficiary districts include Karimnagar ( 800 acres), Rajanna Sircilla ( 1,41,205 acres), Siddipet (3,80,399 acres), Medak ( 2,59,808 acres), Yadadri ( 2,32,993 acres) , Nalgonda (29,169 acres), Nizamabad (1,80,026 acres), Sangareddy (1,67,800 acres), Jagityal (19,500 acres), Kamareddy (2,34,000 acres), Nirmal (1,00,000 acres), Medchal (50,000 acres) and Peddapalli (30,000 acres).