Hyderabad: The Kaleshwaram project works that have been fast tracked following the visit of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in December last as part of stock-taking mission set a critical milestone in the progress of concrete works. It has set a record of sorts by achieving over 20,000 cubic metres of concrete laying on a single day.
The highest work turnout was registered on the Medigadda barrage (7,139 cubic metres) and Medigadda Lift Scheme 1,786 cubic metres on Saturday, April 14. Sundilla and Annaram barrages accounted for 3,215 cubic metres and 3,076 cubic metres of concrete laying respectively on the same day.
In all, 10,00,630 bags of cement were used in the works in progress on all the three barrages on Saturday. A total 52,820 bags of cement were used only on Medigadda barrage. Besides this 1,31,775 bags of cement were used on Link 1 of the integrated irrigation system that accounted for a concrete work of 17,528 cubic metres.
Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said on Sunday that completion of Kaleshwaram project was high on the agenda of the State Government. The works gathered pace after the visit of the Chief Minister to the project site on December 7. The Chief Minister made it clear that the water should be drawn from Godavari at Medigadda commissioning the pump house by the onset of monsoon at any cost to ensure supply of water from Kaleshwaram to Yellampalli.
The average turnout of concrete laying was 1,169 cubic metres before the visit of the Chief Minister. Thanks to the effective coordination achieved with the implementation agencies and the official agencies, the department could achieve more than 7,000 cubic metre of concrete work per day in the current month.
The irrigation officials informed that 5,39,361 cubic metres of concrete work was done on the Medigadda barrage after the visit of the Chief Minister. The number of workers engaged in the project work also increased from 1,245 to 3,065 over the past four months. The number of engineers engaged in the works also rose from 113 to 162.
The Minister, who has been closely monitoring the works, exuded confidence that the State would set a record by completing the mega project in a short span of time. The implementation agencies and the officials of the Irrigation Department deserved all praise for the kind of efforts put in by them to achieve the success, he added.