Kaleshwaram Project at any cost: KCR

KCR blames Seemandhra leaders and some Congress bigwigs for ills of Telangana.

By Author  |  Published: 12th Oct 2017  11:34 pmUpdated: 12th Oct 2017  11:35 pm
Kaleshwaram Project
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao laying the foundation for the integrated Collectorate at Suryapet on Thursday. Photo: By Arrangement

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said on Thursday that the injustice meted out to Telangana in water sharing and overall development owed to the collaborative enterprise of the Seemandra leadership with some Congress bigwigs in the State.

Addressing a mammoth public meeting at Suryapet after laying the foundation for the integrated collectorate complex and the district police office (DPO) in the headquarter town of the new district, he said Kaleshwaram Project will be the panacea for all the ills of Telangana.

He asserted that the Kaleshwaram project will be completed by all means and it cannot be stopped by even a lakh leaders like TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy who is out to scuttle the progress of the new State.

Once the Kaleshwaram Project is completed, a major part of Telangana, including Nalgonda, Suryapet and Yadadri Bhongir districts will be endowed with almost a perennial source of water to support their irrigation systems.

High price for TS

The Chief Minister recalled that Nalgonda district had paid a high price for the changes made in the location of the Nagarjunasagar project on Krishna river to suit the needs of Andhra Pradesh districts. The project was initially named Nandikonda project and not Nagarjunasagar, but it was changed subsequently.

The project should have come up elsewhere at Eleshwaram, but the location was also changed. The lift irrigation schemes built on the Nagarjunasagar right canal serving coastal districts enjoyed full patronage of the then governments that did not show the same gesture to the LIs on the Left canal.

South Telangana districts of Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar had borne the brunt of the ill-conceived policies and priorities of the Seemandhra governments. Nalgonda district was the bulk consumer of power, thanks to the large number of borewells that supported irrigation.

But ironically, all the power projects were located in the North Telangana areas such as Ramagundam and Kothagudem. The Rs 2,950 crore ultra mega power project coming up at Damaracharla will be completed in less than two years. It would change the very face of the district and its economic profile, as in the case of Ramagundam, after the construction of the super thermal project by the NTPC.