Hyderabad: Exposing Congress’ lethargy and lack of commitment in completing irrigation projects, Finance Minister T Harish Rao on Sunday said the projects completed till date by the TRS government was an example of its commitment towards the farm sector.
During the eight years of its rule, the Congress government completed 51,000 cubic metres of works pertaining to the Mid Manair project, while the TRS government completed it in two to three years by taking up 5.07 lakh cubic metres of works.
Similarly, Congress spent about Rs 107 crore in eight years on the project, while the TRS government spent Rs 617 crore, the Finance Minister said, replying to the discussion on the Budget in the Legislative Council. “This is the commitment of the TRS government towards the farming sector,” Rao told Congress leader Jeevan Reddy who, in his address, accused the State government of failing to get national project status for Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme.
Countering the remarks made by Reddy, the Finance Minister said despite repeated requests by the State government, the Centre did not respond to it. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao wrote three letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. These apart, appeals were made to former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharathi, Harish said.
When Jeevan Reddy asked Harish to initiate new measures to attain national status for the project, he replied that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced in Parliament that no projects would be accorded national status in the country. “But, we will continue our pressure and efforts in attaining national status for Kaleshwaram project,” Harish said.
Responding to MIM MLC Syed Jaffri’s query over the prospects of selling land in Hyderabad and generating revenue, the Finance Minister said the real estate market in the city was sound and encouraging. Investors from Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and other cities were investing a lot in the city. The Special Development Fund generated will be under the control of the Chief Minister, he said.
Making light of the opposition parties’ accusations on debts, Harish said Telangana was raising funds well within the Central Government’s guidelines. “All the funds generated were being used as capital investment. Telangana’s financial situation is much better than many other States in the country,” he assured.