Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday said he would be writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking exclusion of granites and equipment and material related to drinking water supply and irrigation projects from the purview of GST since these would severely affect the State governments.
The Chief Minister made these observations at a review meeting of various ongoing irrigation projects in the State at Pragathi Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Rao also expressed his dissatisfaction over the attempts to create legal obstacles over construction of major irrigation projects and said that the opposition parties were keen on obstructing the development works. “Despite the Supreme Court refusal to issue stay orders, some people have approached the National Green Tribunal to stop the Kaleswaram project. We will not step back,” he added.
The Chief Minister directed the officials of the Irrigation Department to complete all the reservoirs under the Kaleswaram irrigation project by 2019 and ensure water supply as per schedule. He also wanted the authorities to prepare contingency plans for speedy completion of the irrigation projects especially Mallannasagar and Konda Pochamma projects by clearing various legal and ground level obstacles from time-to-time.
Reviewing the progress of various irrigation projects at Pragathi Bhavan here, Rao observed that water supply can be extended from Mallannasagar to Nizam Sagar besides providing drinking water to Hyderabad. “The Mallannasagar project will also ensure water supply to Gandhamalla and Basvapur reservoirs from where the water should be supplied to village tanks in the constituencies of Gajwel, Bhongir and Aler. Pamulaparthi and Ranganayaka Sagar reservoirs also should be completed at the earliest. Water should be supplied to Palakurthy from Konda Pochamma project,” he directed.
The Chief Minister is keen on construction of the reservoirs of Narlapur, Edula, Vattem and Karivena under Palamuru project, with maximum storage capacity. He expressed satisfaction over the progress of Kalwakurthy, Bhima and Nettempadu projects and suggested that all the ongoing projects should be completed before the end of next Kharif season. He also wanted the officials to ensure optimum usage of water from Singur project and provide water to farmers using gravity besides completion of the Sitarama project in Khammam district within a year.
Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, special chief secretary for irrigation SK Joshi, government advisor Vivek, planning commission vice-president Niranjan Reddy, MLA Marri Janardhan Reddy, engineer-in-chief Muralidhar Rao and retired engineer Penta Reddy, were present.