Harish Rao slams Congress on implementation of irrigation projects

T Harish Rao
File photo: T Harish Rao

Hyderabad: Minster for Irrigation T Harish Rao stated on Tuesday that the implementation of various development projects, including irrigation schemes, taken up by the TRS government was above suspicion.

Addressing a news conference at Telangana Bhavan along with a host of TRS leaders, he said the allegations being levelled against the official machinery involved in the implementation of the projects by the Congress leadership, especially by former Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy, were baseless.

The accusations were intended to demoralise the officials and to tarnish the image of the TRS government that had been implementing the works with commitment and a sense of urgency by puting the works on fast track, he said.

The TRS government was successful in providing water to scores of villages even in Jaipalreddy’s erstwhile Mahabubnagar district. The Congress leaders pretending to be ignorant of the development witnessed by their own districts should know for themselves the fact that over 8 lakh acres of new ayacut was created and extended irrigation by the TRS government in Mahabubnagar district alone.

A new ayacut of over 25 lakh acres was served under different projects in the State during the past four years. He wanted Jaipal Reddy to update himself with the latest facts and figures before indulging in making any false allegations. He must realise that only five lakh acres of area was provided irrigation during the Congress rule in the State.

The Congress leaders should be ashamed of making corruption charges against the TRS rule. The Congress had opened flood gates of corruption with the implementation of Jala Yagnam projects. They had mobilised huge advances in the form of mobilisation advances.

The TRS government had not only done away with the practice of raising mobilisation advances, but it had scrapped the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) practice.
Harish Rao asserted that there was nothing new in what Jaipal Reddy claimed to have exposed about the implementation of the projects in the State. Every information about the projects and the implementation agencies that had been entrusted with the works wwere placed in the public domain.

The works were awarded to the lowest bidders by following entirely the online process ensuring a greater measure of transparency.

Jaipal Reddy who seems to be lagging behind in the race for Chief Ministership was day dreaming about making a comeback in the State. This is why he had begun making hue and cry by resorting to false allegations, Harish Rao said.

The Congress had rendered the State poorer by thousands of crores by adopting engineering, procuring and construction (EPC) system and by raising huge amounts as mobilisation advances well before taking up works on the projects.

Such practices had cost the State over Rs 2,600 crore additionally during the ten-year Congress rule. The TRS government had saved Rs 550 crore for the State by doing away with the blatant practices in tendering process, he added.