Hyderabad: Living the dream does not come easy for many people, but for Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, it has become a habit of sorts – be it achieving Statehood or transforming the State subsequently into “Bangaru Telangana,” an objective he reached in an unbelievably short span of just six years.
The inauguration of the Kondapochamma Sagar in Siddipet district on Friday by the Chief Minister marked an important milestone in the journey, which saw Godavari water traversing 270 km from Medigadda Barrage in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district to Markook surge pool that serves as the off-take point for Kondapochamma Sagar. The project is a vital component of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS), the multi-stage and one-of-its-kind project that has already changed the landscape of rural Telangana en route to Kondapochamma Sagar.
What is even more mind boggling is the fact that Godavari water was pumped from 85 metres (MSL) at the point of origin (Medigadda) to 618 metres (MSL) at Kondapochamma Sagar, through a series of 10 sets of massive pumps at various stages of the KLIS, which has often been described as an engineering marvel that has few parallels in the world since it virtually defies gravity and goes against the river’s natural course.
“This is not a joke. The multi-stage lifting of so many TMCs of Godavari water is very difficult to implement. In fact, it was thought to be an impossible task, but the Telangana State government took it up as a challenge and achieved what it set out to, and that too within a short span of three to four years,” an elated Chandrashekhar Rao said, addressing the media after the inauguration ceremony in the scorching summer sun at the project site.
Recalling what former President Pranab Mukherjee had remarked on his leading the separate Statehood movement, the Chief Minister said the former told him, “KCR, usually people who lead agitation such as yours don’t see the end result in their life time, but you are a lucky fellow. You started the Statehood movement and achieved your objective.”
Rao said he had literally put his life in the jaws of death for the Telangana cause. “I was almost on my death bed but came back. Lot of people sacrificed their lives, and we owe the success we see in Telangana State today to them,” he said.
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