Hyderabad: The iconic Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS), an engineering marvel designed to change the landscape of Telangana State, will be inaugurated by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on June 21.
The Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and Devendra Fadnavis, respectively, with whom Chandrashekhar Rao has established a good rapport, will be chief guests of what is expected to be a mega event that would match the sheer magnitude of the Rs 80,000 crore-plus KLIS project on River Godavari.
Chandrashekhar Rao will be calling on Jaganmohan Reddy in Vijayawada and Fadnavis in Mumbai soon to personally invite them for the inauguration. The Chief Minister on Wednesday spoke to his Maharashtra counterpart and the latter readily agreed to grace the occasion.
The project, it may be recalled, kick-started after Telangana State and Maharashtra signed an understanding on March 8, 2016, over Godavari water sharing and projects on the river that had evaded solution for decades. Chandrashekhar Rao, who played a critical role in hammering out a solution, subsequently laid the foundation stone for KLIS on May 2, 2016, at Kannepalli in Jayashankar Bhupalli district.
Full State to be covered
A dream project of Chandrashekhar Rao, KLIS is a complex system of seven links and 28 packages that will practically cover the entire State when completed. The Chief Minister himself has been closely monitoring the progress of the KLIS works since its launch three years ago, and the scorching pace at which the project took shape has drawn accolades from several quarters at the national level.
The project is expected to supply water to most of the districts in Telangana State for agriculture, drinking and industrial purposes. The State government has decided to start pumping water from July following the successful trial runs of pumps. KLIS has already set several records in the country in the irrigation sector.
“Kaleshwaram will create history as the largest lift irrigation project built in the fastest mode. Constructing such a large project in a short period of three years is proof of the government’s efficiency and technological excellence,” the Chief Minister had said during this year’s State Formation Day celebrations on June 2.
This dream and promise of delivering to the people is about to come true now.