Karimnagar/Warangal: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday asked officials to adhere to fixed timelines for completion of every component of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) and launch its operation from June 30. Offering complete support, he wanted them to take up construction and earthworks of the projects in three shifts round-the-clock by deploying necessary manpower and machinery. He reiterated the commitment of the State government to complete the KLIS and supply water for cultivation to farm lands for the next kharif season.
The Chief Minister, who is firm on completing the multi-crore Kaleshwaram project on time, began his whirlwind tour of the project site at Tupakulagudem to take stock of the progress of works. He was accompanied by a team of Ministers and officials to the project sites in two helicopters. Ministers Etela Rajender and T Harish Rao, Government Chief Whip Koppula Eeshwar, MPs B Vinod Kumar and Balka Suman, Government Advisor G Vivek, along with Chief Secretary SP Singh, Special Chief Secretary SK Joshi, DGP Mahender Reddy, TS Genco chairman and managing director Prabhakar Rao and other top officials of Irrigation and Power departments were part of the entourage.
Security at project
After a night halt at Karimnagar, the Chief Minister reached Tupakulagudem Barrage project site at 10.30 am. He inspected the ongoing works and inquired about current water flow of Godavari River at Tupakulagudem which was reported at 6,000 cusecs on Thursday morning. Except for about 150 m, the construction of the 1,132 m long cofferdam at Tupakulagudem is nearing completion. To improve security at the project sites located near the inter-State border, the Chief Minister asked DGP Mahender Reddy to contact the police from neighbouring States. The DGP informed that adequate police personnel along with drone cameras were deployed to monitor security at the project sites.
Later, Chandrashekhar Rao visited Medigadda Barrage where he inspected the concrete and earth works progressing at the project site. He also went through a photo exhibition on the progress of work at Medigadda and inquired about the status of construction works pertaining to all barrages, pumphouses and canals. He reportedly expressed dissatisfaction over the slow pace of works and asked officials to expedite construction of barrage foundation works. During his visit to Kannepalli pumphouse, he wanted the contract work agencies to complete construction of the pumphouse to commence water supply from June 30. He warned them not to compromise on quality.
Roads near barrage
At Annaram barrage, the Chief Minister directed officials to construct approach roads on both sides of the barrage besides construction of a double-lane road bridge from Jayashankar-Bhupalpally district over the Annaram barrage. He visited Siripuram pumphouse, Sundilla Barrage, Goliwada and other package works which are part of the KLIS. He reminded that earthen bund of Mid Manair Dam got washed away in floods last year and cautioned them to take all safety measures during the construction of all three barrages under the KLIS. He wanted the officials to lay approach roads on both sides of Godavari River and complete construction of the pumphouse before commencement of rains next year.
The District Collectors concerned were asked to explain the delay in acquisition of necessary land for the project and told to expedite it. He wanted the barrages to withstand heavy floods. Officials were asked to take up construction of barrages, pumphouses and canals simultaneously besides transportation of barrage gates and pumping motors to project sites. Officials are gearing up to conduct dry run of the project under Package-8 by this month end as installation of pumps is nearing completion.