Suryapet: Expressing displeasure over the delay in execution of works, Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy on Tuesday instructed the officials to complete the works on canals of Sri Sriram Sagar Project Stage-II by August 25 at any cost.
Reviewing the status of works of canals of SRSP stage-II with the engineers and contractors at the District Collectorate, Jagadish Reddy said though tenders were called for SRSP works in 2005, the works were still incomplete. He pointed out that major irrigation project Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, which was taken up in 2016, was completed by the State government in three years.
He said that water would be released to SRSP canal by August 25 in view of the water levels in the projects. He also pulled up the officials for completing only 34 off-take points (OTs) out of proposed total 85 OTs to SRSP canal in the district. Works of pending OTs should be completed before August 25. If it is not possible to complete any OT, it should be closed, he said, and asked the officials to take measures to see SRSP canal doesn’t have any breach at any place by August 25.
Water release to SRSP canal likely by August 25. He instructed the officials to personally conduct field visits and supervise the works. The leaves of SRSP officials would be cancelled until August 25. He also made it clear that the contractors must abide by the deadline set for completion of the works. The Minister said the people in Thungathurthy, Suryapet and Kodad Assembly constituencies were keeping hopes on the irrigation facility for their kharif crops through SRSP canal.
He also questioned the officials about shifting of Executive Engineer Office of SRSP from Suryapet to Jangon. Reminding that two lakh acres would be irrigated through SRSP canal in the district, he instructed the officials to open a office of SRSP at Suryapet immediately. Thungathurthy MLA Gadari Kishore and district Collector D Amoy Kumar were also attended the review meeting.
Over 1.75 lakh saplings planted in one hour
Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy on Tuesday launched a massive avenue plantation drive under the Telangana Ku Haritha Haram programme in Suryapet district. As many as 1.75 lakh saplings were planted within an hour.
The Minister formally launched the green drive on the premises of Mission Bhagiratha treatment plant at Imampet of Chivvemla mandal, in which 4,000 students participated and planted 1.7 lakh saplings. Simultaneously, avenue plantation was taken up across the district.
Jagadish Reddy said only the Forest Department used to take up plantation programmes prior to 2014. Recognising the need to improve forest cover and greenery, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao took up afforestation programme and launched Telangana Ku Haritha Haram as a movement after taking over the reins of the administration.
Stating that 33 per cent of forest cover was a must for creation of healthy atmosphere, he pointed out that it was just three per cent in erstwhile Nalgonda district. It was very
disappointing that Suryapet district had just 2.5 per cent forest cover. “It was the responsibility of everyone to participate in the Haritha Haram and ensure the survival of saplings. Under avenue plantation, Haritha Haram would be taken up on the premises of government and private offices, schools and others,” he added.
Later, participating in Haritha Haram at Raja Naik thanda in the district, the Minister said farmers had a crucial role to play in Haritha Haram and make it a success. He urged them to plant saplings in a part of their agricultural land also.
Rajya Sabha member Badugula Lingaiah Yadav, Zilla Parishad chairman Deepika Yugender Rao, District Collector D Amoy Kumar and others were also present.