Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao has expressed happiness and satisfaction over the Kaleshwaram project getting completed and the water is pumped uninterruptedly as planned. The CM congratulated the Water Resources Department officials, working agencies and officials from other departments for their efforts in completing the project on a fast track. The CM instructed the officials concerned to fill the tanks and reservoirs this summer with the water stored now at the full level at the all the Barrage. He wanted the officials to prepare Project-wise Operational Guidelines and implement the same. He wanted other major projects in the state should be completed with the same spirit with which the Kaleshwaram Project was completed.
The CM visited on Tuesday Laxmi Barrage constructed at Medigadda. The CM along with his wife Smt. Shobha, Ministers and other leaders paid floral tributes to the Godavari waters. The CM recalled his experiences while constructing the project.
“The Telangana farming community has faced hardships for decades. We have resolved in the initial stages that once Telangana State is formed, farmers should get adequate water supply for two crops and that will be the result of getting Telangana State. We have planned a strategy of constructing a barrage at a point after river Godavari and Pranahita joins so that more water for more time can be pumped. After a technical survey was done by the WAPCOS, it was decided to construct a barrage at Medigadda point. We have estimated that with 16.17 TMC storage capacity if the Barrage is constructed on a 100 MTs height, water can be pumped for 7 months in a year. Whatever we planned it is happening as it is now. 16.17 TMC of water is stored at a height of 99.7 Meters. Constructions have happened as we planned. Pumping of water is also happening without any problem as planned. From Medigadda Point, water is stored till 54 Kms in Pranahita and 42 KMs in the Godavari rivers. Barrages are brimming with water and they are looking like the sea. Water from Medigadda will reach Yellampalli, Mid Manair, LMD, Mallanna Sagar, Kondapochamma Sagar, Baswapur and Gandhamalla Reservoirs every year come what may! Arrangments are being made to supply water to Nizam Sagar from Kaleshwaram. If need be, water will be pumped to the SRSP from Kaleshwaram. The Kaleshwaram Project had redrawn the Irrigation Map of the Telangana State. Taking inspiration from the Kaleshwaram Project works on Tupakulagudem Barrage, Dummugudem Barrage of the Sitarama Project are being completed speedily. We want to complete all these projects quickly and put an end to the farmers’ hardships once and for all in the state and this is our aim, “the CM said.
“We have taken up construction of the Kaleshwaram project as a Yagnam. Thousands of workers toiled 365 days even in the hottest 50 degrees temperatures. The officials have solved the problems like land acquisition, crossings with a lot of knack and presence of mind. I am very happy that the project, which is of immense help and needs to the farmers, has become operational. It is a matter of satisfaction that the dreams of Telangana farmers have been realised and a solution to the drinking water problems is reached,” the CM said.
“Set up Control Rooms at Medigadda Barrage, Dummugudem Barrage. Prepare Operational Rules for all the projects and implement them on a timely basis,” the CM instructed the officials.
Ministers Sri Koppula Eeshwar, Sri Gangula Kamalakar, Sri E Dayakar Rao, Government’s Chief Advisor Sri Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary Sri Somesh Kumar, DGP Sri M Mahender Reddy, Principal Secretary (Water Resources) Sri Rajat Kumar, CM Secretary Ms. Smita Sabharwal, Water Resources Department Engineer-in-Chief’s Sri Muralidhar Rao, Sri Venkateshwarlu, Peddapalli MP Sri Venkatesh Neta, Peddapalli, Warangal Rural ZP Chairpersons Sri Putta Madhu, Ms. Gandra Jyothi, Government Whip Sri Balka Suman, MLAs Sri Gandra Venkatram Reddy, Sri Korukanti Chander, Sri Diwakar Rao, Sri Manohar Reddy, MLCs Sri Puranam Satheesh, Sri Naradasu Laxman Rao and others participated in the programme.