Hyderabad: Minister for Irrigation T Harish Rao on Sunday said the TRS government had shouldered the task of irrigating 20 lakh acres of land in the erstwhile Mahabubnagar district and it would not relent until it could accomplish the task.
Addressing a public meeting after releasing water from the Kalwakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme, he said the Congress government under Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy implemented works under floodlights for enhancing the drawal capacity of Pothireddypadu head regulator from 15,000 cusecs to 55,000 cusecs to benefit the Rayalaseema region.
However, Telangana region, particularly the water-starved Mahabubnagar district, was meted out a raw deal. The Kalwakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme, for which the foundation stone was laid way back in 1984, took a little over three decades to be completed. The pace of works on the lift irrigation scheme were stepped up during the past three years to mitigate drought conditions that persisted for long in the district.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had allocated Rs 650 crore for the project last year and earmarked another 1,000 crore this year in the budget to help complete the works on the Kalwakurthy project to realise the dream of the people in Mahabubnagar. The lift irrigation scheme would have been completed at least six months before but for the legal hurdles.
The Congress moved the courts stalling the implementation of GO 123 intended for speeding up the land acquisition process. Harish Rao stated that the Congress leaders had scuttled the progress of development project in the State by moving courts and tribunals on flimsy grounds. “The entire State, especially the people in Mahabubnagar, had borne the brunt of the legal hurdles posed by the Congress in the implementation of the programmes,” he said.
Appeal to Congress
Making an impassioned appeal to the Opposition in general and the Congress in particular to withdraw the cases filed by them in the courts and tribunals stalling the implementation of different projects, he said it is high time that Congress leaders prove their sincerity in their love for Telangana.
“While the Congress party relied more on the courts, the TRS government reposed its full faith in the people. The public is fully aware of what the TRS government has been doing for the State and that they would not be carried away simply by the adverse propaganda carried out by the main Opposition,” he said.
The much-awaited Kalwakurthy project was completed just because the government had spent little over 1,200 crore on it during the last three years. While the Kalwakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme would help irrigate over 70,000 acres, the Palamuru Lift Irrigation Scheme would cover another 1.34 lakh acres land. The Congress is in a state of frustration and is envious of the progress in the irrigation projects being taken up under the TRS rule, he said.
Stating that the government had filled 300 tanks in the district with Krishna water last year, he said the long wait of the people for water would end in the district once the projects taken up were completed bringing water from Krishna and Godavari rivers.
Minister for Panchayati Raj Jupalli Krishna Rao said in his address that the Congress did not bother about the Kalwakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme as long as it was in power. TRS MLA Srinivas Goud and Planning Board deputy chairman S Niranjan Reddy and host of other officials were present