HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will conduct an on-the-spot review of the progress of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) at Ramadugu in Karimnagar district on Friday.
According to sources in irrigation department, Rao will conduct the review at Stage-2 site of the project in Ramadugu. The project works are going on as per schedule and the department is confident enough to meet the deadline and provide irrigation water to farmers under KLIS from next year.
Rao left for Karimnagar on Wednesday and visited several work sites on Thursday. On Friday, after the review, he will conduct an aerial survey of the Mid-Manair project before returning to Hyderabad. During his visit to work sites on Thursday, Rao said the aim and target of the government was to complete all irrigation projects at the earliest. He instructed officials and work agencies concerned to work in three shifts to complete construction of barrages, sub-stations, pump houses and canal works simultaneously. Rao, accompanied by a battery of officials and public representatives in two helicopters, visited Tupakulagudem and Medigadda barrages, Kannepally pump house and Annaram and Siripuram barrage. Later, he interacted with the officials and representatives of the work agencies on the progress of the works.
The CM assured that the government was ready to extend cooperation for completion of projects. When he enquired with the officials on the flow of the Godavari flood water at Tupakulagudem, he was informed that the current inflow at Tupakulagudem was 6,000 cusecs. Work on a cofferdam in extent of 1,132 metres has been completed and work on 150 metres will be completed soon.
Drones used for supervision
Rao asked DGP Mahender Reddy to speak to police officials in neighbouring states on law and order issues. The DGP informed him that the construction works are supervised by using drones. Rao wanted the construction of roads, which were required to reach projects, should also be completed on a fast track. After lunch, Rao visited Sundilla barrage and pump houses at Siripuram and Goliwada. He directed officials to ensure that the construction of Medigadda barrage was taken up in a manner that it can withstand floods. The Medigadda barrage is being constructed with a storage capacity of 16.17 tmcft. Rao directed officials to built all pump houses before rainy season. Later, Rao visited Annaram barrage .
Fishermen protest, seek compensation
Peddapalli: Fishermen community (Gangaputra and Mudiraj) staged protest near Medaram reservoir on Thursday a day ahead of CM KCR’s visit to Medaram pump house of Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project. The community has been protesting since 47 days demanding compensation for losing income. They alleged that due to the construction of the reservoir, they are not able to do fishing, which is their main source of income. This will continue till project is completed. Hence, they demanded compensation of `15,000 for each family.
About 650 families of fishermen have lost source of income. About 2.71 lakh fish were released in the reservoir three months back, but they were washed away after the reservoir was breached. Former ZP chairman and congress senior leader A Laxman Kumar participated in the agitation. Government Chief Whip Koppula Eswar who camped at Medaram village said the government had already released `10 lakh compensation. Even people of Goliwada and Siripuram village were restricted to houses, before KCR’s visit to Sundilla and Goliwada pump house on Thursday. They are demanding compensation for 130 acres of land.
PATS POWER OFFICIALS
Rao complimented energy officials for progress of works including construction of sub-stations and power supply to motor pumps. After a detailed presentation by TS Transco CMD Prabhakar Rao on works taken up by energy department, the CM congratulated them on their works and said that as the works were taken up with a perfect plan, all works were being executed as per the deadlines.
Irrigation minister T Harish Rao, Finance Minister E Rajender, MPs B Vinod Kumar and Balka Suman, chief secretary SP Singh, DGP M Mahender Reddy and special chief secretary (irrigation) SK Joshi, TS Genco chairman and managing director D Prabhakar Rao and Bhupalpally district collector Murali accompanied Rao on his visit.