Kothagudem: Transport Minister P Ajay Kumar on Friday said irrigation officials and the executing agencies of the Sitarama Lift Irrigation Project had been asked to fast track the works and to ensure completion of eight packages of the project by December end. Speaking to the media after a high-level review meeting here, he said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had designed the project to help farmers in erstwhile Khammam district to irrigate their lands.
The Minister along with a team of officials, including Principal Secretary (irrigation) Rajat Kumar, Secretary in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) Smitha Sabharwal and Engineer-in-Chief C Muralidhar, conducted an aerial survey of the project. It was planned to irrigate six lakh acres of land, of which three lakh acres would be ayacut stabilisation under NSP and creation of another three lakh acres of new ayacut, with major part in Bhadradri Kothagudem district. Steps are being taken to streamline the works that were affected due to the Covid-19 outbreak, he said, adding that it was planned to conduct a wet run by December end.
Similarly, the tendering process of Rs 10,000 crore worth Sitamma Sagar barrage was over and the land acquisition process was started. Works would be started soon to store around 30 to 40 tmc of water to feed agriculture lands in Khammam and Nalgonda districts.
It was planned to complete the barrage works within the next 18 months. Another review would be held by the Chief Minister soon in Hyderabad to discuss measures to speed up the works, Ajay Kumar noted. Rajat Kumar told the media that Sitarama Project works were delayed as supplies from China have not arrived in time due to Covid-19 outbreak and thus the working season of April and May was lost.
All those issues were now sorted out. Detailed review was held related to pump house-1 and pump house-2. Specific timelines were given to executing agencies. At one or two places there were issues related to land acquisition. Deadline was set to clear the issues related to land acquisition and machinery supplies by July 31and by December the project would be ready for lifting water, Rajat Kumar noted.
CMO Secretary Smitha Sabarwal expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing works of Sitarama project and instructed the officials to speed up works and ensure dry run by the end of August month. Zilla Parishad Chairman Koram Kanakaiah, Pinapaka MLA R Kantha Rao, Collectors of Khammam and Kothagudem RV Karnan and MV Reddy and others were present.
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