Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday asked officials to adhere to fixed timelines for completion of every component of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS). He wanted them to take up construction and earthworks of the projects simultaneously in three shifts round-the-clock by deploying necessary manpower and machinery. He reiterated the commitment of the State government to complete the KLIS and supply water for cultivation of farm lands and assured all support in this regard.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao who is firm on completing the multi-crore Kaleshwaram project in time, has begun his whirlwind tour of the project site to take stock of work progress with his arrival at Tupakulagudem on Thursday. He was accompanied by a legion of Ministers and officials to the project site in two helicopters comprising Ministers Etela Rajender and T Harish Rao, Government Chief Whip Koppula Eeshwar, MPs B Vinod Kumar and Balka Suman along with Chief Secretary SP Singh, Special Chief Secretary SK Joshi, DGP Mahender Reddy, TSGenco Chairman and managing director Prabhakar Rao and other top officials of Irrigation and Power departments.
The Chief Minister’s helicopters took off from Karimnagar on Thursday morning and reached Tupakulagudem barrage by 10.30 am. He inspected the ongoing works even as the officials explained about progress of the project. Later, he visited Medigadda Barrage where he inspected the concrete and earth works progressing at the project site. He also visited a photo exhibition on the work progress at Medigadda and inquired about status of construction works pertaining all barrages, pump houses and canals. Later, he visited Kannepalli Pump House followed by visit to Annaram Barrage and Siripuram Pump House. He is poised to visit Sundilla Barrage, Gowliguda and other package works which are part of the project.
Sources said that the Chief Minister wanted the officials to take up laying of roads leading to all the project sites. He also inquired about the current water flow of Godavari River at Tupakulagudem which was reportedly at 6,000 cusecs on Thursday morning. He directed DGP Mahender Reddy to ensure full security at the project sites and seek help from neighbouring States where the project sites were near the State borders. The DGP informed the Chief Minister that the police were monitoring project works and security using drone cameras besides deploying adequate police personnel at the project sites.
After a gap of 17 months, Chandrashekhar Rao is conducting his field visit of the Kaleshwaram project which assumed significance in view of the fact that the project is high on the agenda of the State government and had recently acquired all major permissions 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.