Hyderabad: A team of officials from the Madhya Pradesh Irrigation department on Tuesday hailed the Telangana State government’s flagship programme ‘Mission Bhagiratha’ as an innovative project worthy of emulation in all other parts of the country.
“The project is not only cost-effective but is an amazing programme aimed at providing potable water to every household in the State,” remarked MP irrigation chief general manager Ashish Kumar Shrivatsava at a media conference. Engineer-in-Chief Surender Reddy and other officials of Mission Bhagiratha earlier gave a power point presentation to the MP team and spoke about various aspects of the project.
Shrivatsava, who had a special word of praise for Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for regularly monitoring the project personally, said the TS officials gave a detailed account of the project beginning from the design to the actual execution now in progress. “The TS officials gave phase-wise presentation and details which gave us an insight into the nitty-gritties of the project,” he said, hailing it as a role model for the country.
The MP official said the team from his State decided to visit TS following recommendation by the Central Water Commission (CWC) to study Mission Bhagiratha for replication in MP.
MP irrigation general manager P K Raghuvanshi said: “The Madhya Pradesh government is interested in implementing a similar project and the State government entrusted the job to the irrigation department.”
The delegation congratulated the TS irrigation department officials for their meticulous planning including designing the project, inviting tenders and finalizing of the tenders by the Rural Water Supply Scheme (RWSS) department without taking the help of private agencies.
Surender Reddy said 80 per cent of the project works were completed and the State government was committed to begin supply of drinking water to every household in the State by the end of December. “It is because of the Chief Minister’s personal monitoring that we could fast-track the process for getting railway, forest and national highway permissions from the Central government,” he said, adding that Harayana State irrigation officials will also be visiting the State to study Mission Bhagiratha.
The MP team will be visiting Medak and Mahabubnagar district in the next two days to study the project at the ground level.