Suryapet: The final wishes of irrigation expert Ramraju Vidhya Sagar Rao (Vidhyanna) were about to turn into reality before his first death anniversary, thanks to a host of initiatives by the Telangana government.
Vidhya Sagar Rao was one of the key persons to highlight the injustice meted out to the State in water sharing and irrigation during the Telangana agitation. After the formation of Telangana, Rao, who served as advisor to the government, focused on the development of his native place, Jajireddygudem village in Suryapet district.
He donated more than 500 yards of his residential land in the village for the construction of a function hall — Sri Lakmi Raghva Kalyana Mandapam — in memory of his parents. He also succeeded in roping in a private firm to contribute Rs 90 lakh for the construction of the two-floor function hall. In the Kalyana mandapam, one floor would be used for functions and other as a dining hall. The pillars have been erected and the hall is likely to be ready before April 29, 2018 – Vidhyanna’s first death anniversary.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Sarpanch of Jajireddygudem grama panchayat Punna Prameela said the works were started for laying floor on the pillars, which were erected a month ago. But, non-availability of centering material delayed the slab work. Now, the works have resumed and are on in full swing.
The Kalyana Mandapam will be handed over to the village with the Village Development Committee in-charge of its maintenance and the Grama Panchayat of the expenditure. Another dream of Vidhyanna was a mini-market yard for the farmers of Jajireddygudem village. This also seems to see the light of day before next April. The market yard, for which Irrigation and Marketing Minister T Harish Rao laid the foundation at the cost of Rs 1.5 crore, is also under construction near Theegalacheruvu with sheds being set up.
As a stout devotee of Sri Yogananda Lakshminarsimha Swamy, Vidhyanna frequented the temple at Arvepally and made efforts to bring Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The development of the temple was another pending wish of his. Soon after consoling Vidhyanna in the hospital in his last days, the Chief Minister sanctioned Rs 1 crore for the Sri Yogananda Lakshminarsimha Swamy temple. The temple Committee is now on the mission to take up the task and turn the wish into reality.