CM KCR upbeat on achieving 165 TMC of additional water storage capacity


Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday said he would soon make an announcement to benefit the farming community in the State that would be unparalleled anywhere in the country.

“I will be making some major announcements for the farmers in the State very soon. The finances have already been worked out, and this will be an unprecedented move that has never been attempted by any other State in the country,” he said, and asked the ryots to bear with the suspense for a week.

Addressing the media after inaugurating the Kondapochamma Sagar project, the Chief Minister said people of the State should take pride in the fact that Telangana, from being a barren region before 2014, had reached a stage now where the net worth of its agriculture production would be a staggering Rs 1 lakh crore per annum. “This is no mean achievement since all this was achieved in a short span of 6 years which no other State can boast of, and we can rightfully say we have achieved Bangaru Telangana now” he said.

The Chief Minister said the bold decision of taking up the multi stage Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) has yielded 165 TMC capacity reservoirs and barrages, and the government was constructing more projects to add to these.

Chandrashekhar Rao expressed gratitude to all the oustees who lost their households for the completion of the project, the migrant labour , the irrigation and electricity engineers who worked hard to complete 10 lifts in record time.

The Chief Minister explaining the magnitude of the work that has undergone constructing the KLIS, said that the project requires a massive amount of 4800 MW of power to run all the motors to pump the water and 521 kilometers long electrical lines have been erected to supply the necessary power to run the pump houses.

He said that very soon the government will embark on enhancing the irrigation capacity beyond the 165 TMC by completing 35 TMC Sitarama project at Dummugudem and 7 TMC Sammakka sagar. He also assured farmers of Narayankhed and Zaheerabad area that the Telangana government is determined to make the Manjeera and Haldivagu alive with Godavari water . He said 15 check dams have been build under the command area of Manjeera.

He said that the KLIS also has helped Telangana improve its ground water level and is bound to improve its biodiversity by increasing grazing land and helping wild life to grow. He urged the people of Gajwel area not to swim in the Mallannasagar-Markook link canals as they carry heavy flow of water . He directed the district officials to create separate enclosures for people to wash cloths and take a swim if they like.

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