HYDERABAD: Assuring all help to Telangana, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati on Monday said there were some technical problems in conferring national project status on the Pranahita-Chevella irrigation project but promised to convene a meeting between Central and State government officials soon to resolve the matter.
Speaking to newsmen in Delhi after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met her, Uma Bharati said her ministry would help Telangana state in all aspects and also assured the State government of full-fledged Central help in the speedy completion of the Devadula irrigation project. She said she would take positive decisions on all the issues raised by the Chief Minister.
Earlier, Chandrasekhar Rao requested her to participate in the launch of the Mission Kakatiya and sought financial assistance for the programme under which around 45,000 irrigation tanks across the State would be restored at an estimated cost of around `30,000 crore.
The Chief Minister urged Uma Bharati to confer national project status on Pranahita-Chevella and release `100 crore for drinking water programmes. Rao also explained to her the vexatious water disputes between AP and TS. The Chief Minister returned to Hyderabad on Monday evening after his three-day visit.