NALGONDA: Minister for Major Irrigation and Assembly Affairs T Harish Rao urged people to make Mission Kakatiya success in the district.
He along with minister for Education G Jagadish Reddy and ZP chairman N Balunayak organised a motivation programme on Mission Kakatiya at Collectorate here on Sunday.
He asked the officials and people’s representatives to work in coordination to make this prestigious programme of TRS government a success. Minister said in previous governments there was one superintendent engineer (SE) to oversee the irrigation problems of four districts. Most of the tanks collapsed due to lack of supervision.
Telangana government has given priority to irrigation and drinking water and appointed one SE to each district and four executive engineers and 16 deputy engineers to Nalgonda district, he said. He told the SEs to utilise the services of retired engineers.
The minister noted down the suggestions of the MLAs and ZPTCs and said there is no limit for funds for restoration of tanks but it should be transparent. At the same time he asked people and NRIs to come forward and adopt local tanks for renovation. The government is ready to facilitate their donations by naming the tanks as per donor’s choice.
Tanks renovation and restoration would be completed in a phased manner within five years.
About 46,000 tanks are recognised in the state and in the first phase 20 percent of them would be completed. About 4,762 tanks are identified for renovation in Nalgonda district.
In Nalgonda district about 952 tanks will be restored in the first phase, he said. He directed the concerned officials to complete 20 percent tanks by May 2015. He warned guilty officials of punishment.
He personally discussed with Irrigation DEs and AEs about estimation of tanks and directed to call tenders for restoration of tanks.
He added that silt removed from tanks will be sent for soil test and after the test the soil would be dumped in farmers’ field.