KCR inspects irrigation projects, sets stiff deadlines for completion

V. Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on January 07, 2019 Published on January 07, 2019

Keen to bring 1 crore acres under irrigation

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has trained his attention on early implementation of various irrigation projects in the state and bringing more than 1 crore acres of new ayacut under ongoing projects. The state has taken this up on a mission mode.

Following his recent resounding victory, the Chief Minister visited several major irrigation project sites and has set aggressive deadlines for their implementation, including making them functional before the coming monsoon so that they can be made use for the kharif crop season.

During his recent meetings, he also made it clear to various contractors executing works that they need to stick to deadlines and implement the projects as per schedule, as crores of rupees were being spent on developing these projects.

Setting new timelines for the execution of various projects, Rao called upon the implementing agencies to deploy more workers as required. Accordingly, he directed timely payments to the contractors.

As part of his efforts to personally see the progress of various projects, the CM visited several sites, including that of the mega Kaleshwaram multi-purpose irrigation project, and went around the canal sites.

In order to expedite the ongoing projects and ensure timely completion, he felt that every issue relating to project execution needs to be sorted out.

The Chief Minister inspected various pump-houses and barrages under various stages of execution, and directed a concerted effort from various agencies, including those from the power sector, so that they could execute works in parallel to cut short the project implementation time.

During his visits to the project sites, the Chief Minister suggested that these could be developed as tourist destinations once the projects were completed.

Particularly, the Kaleshwaram temple on whose name the mega lift irrigation project with multiple pump houses and barrages has been named, could be a major tourist spot due to its location on the river bank and amidst forest tracts with diverse flora and fauna.

The Government was also keen to attract some specialised international firms to be part of the tourism projects proposed by the state along the river and project course. Since these water bodies would not only be a boon for the farming community, bringing more acreage under cultivation, the Government is keen to encourage boating, too, as a part of the tourism promotion initiatives.

Published on January 07, 2019