Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday called for increasing the manpower at Medigadda barrage and ensure that work progresses in three shifts at the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project on River Godavari.
Inspecting the ongoing construction at the project site, the Chief Minister instructed Irrigation Department officials to complete all pending works on a war footing. He urged the contracted companies constructing the barrage to employ the required technical staff, including welders and fitters so they can work in three shifts.
“You should get the required workers from any part of the country as needed but work should be completed efficiently and quickly,” the Chief Minister told Megha Engineering’s Krishna Reddy, according to a press release from the Chief Minister’s office.
Rs 100 cr for temple
Earlier, during his visit to the Sri Mukteswaraswamy temple at Kaleshwaram, Chandrashekhar Rao announced the government’s Rs 100-crore plan to develop the temple and create infrastructure to turn it into a major pilgrim and tourism destination centre. He also said a yagam will likely be conducted at Kaleshwaram upon completion of the project.
Likening the moving of three TMCft of water through the project a day to that of moving an entire river from one place to another, the Chief Minister stressed on the need to ensure quality of work even as the pace is stepped up. He also promised that he and the Chief Secretary would be present for the trial run of the Kannepally pumphouse.
Chandrashekhar Rao said the project in its entirety should be considered as a two-phase effort. While Phase I works will comprise the project components from Kaleshwaram to Mid-Manair, the works from Mid-Manair downstream should be considered as Phase II. He suggested that with this being the structure of the projects, officials should ensure that the works are completed accordingly.
The Chief Minister also called for establishing an independent wireless communication system between pumphouses and other components of the project. He also said steps should be taken to ensure that trash does not enter the pumphouses and clog the pumps.
Chandrashekhar Rao also travelled on the barrage in a car, making frequent stops to inspect the construction and erection of gates and other works. After reaching the edge of the barrage on the Maharashtra side, the Chief Minister enquired with officials about construction of diversion channels and the steps being taken to prevent erosion of river banks. Unmindful of the blazing sun and heat, the Chief Minister went along the coffer dam and on the way, stopped a few times to speak with the workers and engineers.
He also held a quick review of the overall progress of works and gave several suggestions on containment of the expected flood water in Godavari river during the coming rainy season. He later left for Ramagundam in a helicopter from where he returned to Hyderabad later in the afternoon.