Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao accused the previous governments in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh of taking up irrigation projects in Telangana region without obtaining proper permissions and then blaming the neighbouring States for obstructing the projects.
He said in the past four years, the Telangana government has overcome these hurdles and was making rapid progress in construction of various irrigation projects to ensure optimum usage of water from Krishna and Godavari.
Addressing Telangana Formation Day celebrations at Parade Grounds here on Saturday, the Chief Minister said injustice was done to the Telangana region in undivided Andhra Pradesh in irrigation projects.
The then rulers tried to mislead people of Telangana by sanctioning irrigation projects but not taking up construction. They have designed projects in such places that would lead to inter-State disputes so that they cannot take up works citing disputes, he alleged.
The Chief Minister said the State government had redesigned the pending irrigation projects in the State and even took measures to resolve inter-State disputes. He said the government had signed a memorandum of understanding with its Maharashtra counterpart for optimum usage of its water share in Godavari. “The past governments never bothered to resolve these disputes but the State government took the initiative in this direction and found a solution that was beneficial for both the States,” he added.
Rao said the State government had taken up construction of 23 major and 13 medium irrigation projects on Krishna and Godavari rivers since the formation of the State. He vowed to provide irrigation to one crore acres in the State. The State has been allocating Rs 25,000 crore in the State budget every year for speedy completion of the pending projects.
“By completing pending projects such as Kalwakurthy, Bhima, Nettempadu, Koil Sagar, Mid Manair, Singuru, Yellampalli, Kinnerasani, Palem Vagu, Komuram Bhim, Matthadi Vagu, Neelvai, Jagannathpur and other projects, we have been able to create new ayacut of about 12 lakh acres. We will be able to provide water to about eight lakh acres by the end of this rainy season,” the Chief Minister said. He added that works were in full swing on projects such as Thummilla, Gattu lift irrigation scheme, Sadarmat barrage, Malkapur reservoir and Devadula project. He also said rejuvenation of Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) was also going on at a rapid pace.
Rao observed that those who had migrated from Telangana to other States for livelihood have now begun returning to their home State, following the construction of massive irrigation projects such as Palamuru-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme. “Reverse migration is an indication of growing trust of people in the State government. We will complete the Palamuru-Rangareddy project to irrigate about 20 lakh acres and put an end to migration from Palamuru region,” he said.
Rao pointed out that Kaleshwaram project was receiving accolades from various quarters, turning the project site into a tourist attraction, especially for all VIPs guests visiting the State. He said eminent persons from different States and even the Central government were visiting the site to witness advanced technology and large-scale construction of the project. He was confident that Bhakta Ramadasu and Sitarama projects in the erstwhile Khammam district would strengthen the existing irrigation network.