Rs 1000-crore for Kalwakury project: Harish Rao

Mahabubnagar: Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao today said the State Government was ready to irrigate at least one lakh acres in every constituency in Mahbubnagar district as part of irrigating one crore acres in the State by completing the ongoing irrigation projects.

As part of developmental programs in the backward Palamur district, the minister laid foundation stone for construction of a reservoir at Neredu Cheruvu of Mamidimada village in Khilla Ghanapur Mandal of Wanaparty district. The reservoir is aimed to impound waters of Mahatma Gandhi Kalwakurty Lift scheme to cater to the irrigation needs in the area. Estimated to cost about Rs 86.64 cr, the reservoir, on completion, will irrigate about 25,285 acres in Addakula, Bhootpur, Timmajipet and Bijinepally of Nagrarkurnool district and Ghanapur mandal in Wanaparty district.

The minister also inaugurated a power sub-station to provide electricity at Karne Thanda and Mission Kakatiya works of lakes restoration at Ghana Samudram of Khilla Ghanapur. Speaking on the occasion, the minister reiterated that Rs 1000 cr will be spent to complete Kalwakurty lift project for which Rs 900 cr was spent so far. It is estimated to cost another Rs 1000 cr for this project to be completed on a war-footing.

Harish also said they are committed to complete the irrigation projects on time. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was spending huge funds for the speedy completion of the irrigation projects to irrigate one crore acres over five years, Harish Rao claimed. For this, efforts are on to complete the projects in the districts, he said. Harish Rao took a dig at the Congress for coming in the way of the ongoing projects. The Congress has no other work than to unleash false propaganda against the projects and welfare schemes, he charged. Despite the hurdles being created by the Opposition, the government will go ahead with its projects, he reiterated. (NSS)

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