Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday said the State government had taken up construction of Kaleshwaram project to fully utilise the State’s share of water in Godavari River.
“We have plans to lift water from Etigadda before the completion of the works on reservoirs. Canal works will also be completed. Water will be available in abundance. Yellampally, Mid Manair, Lower Manair will get 140 TMC of water for the reservoirs,” Rao said, pointing out that with this, two crops should be cultivated in old Karimnagar and Warangal districts.
Stating that SRSP canals should be ready to fill tanks and supply water to the fields, the Chief Minister, who held a review meeting on irrigation projects at Pragathi Bhavan, asked the officials to revive canals so that water can be supplied to the tail-end point of the ayacut from Bhupalpally to Dornakal constituencies.
Stating that water to irrigate 10 lakh acre in old Warangal district alone should be made available through SRSP, he urged the officials to fill up the tanks and increase the capacity and strength of the main canal to ensure flow of 7,000 cusecs. “Every MLA should supervise and monitor works in his or her constituency. Legislators should feel that it is their bounden responsibility to give irrigation water to the farmers in their constituencies. Work and coordinate with the irrigation officials on a regular basis,” he said.
Stating that SRSP canals downstream of Lower Manair Dam (LMD) should be kept ready to supply water to the tail-end point of the ayucut by the Kharif season, he said that since all the obstacles for new projects like Kaleswaram, Palamur and other projects had been cleared, works on these projects should also be speeded up.
Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, MLA E Dayakar Rao, Chief Secretary SP Singh, Special Chief Secretary SK Joshi, Principal secretaries S Narsing Rao, Ramakrishna Rao, BR Meena, Secretary Ms Smitha Sabharwal and others participated in the meeting.
The Chief Minister also signed on a file extending the term of Engineer-in-Chief Muralidhar for another two years.