HYDERABAD: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will soon visit Hyderabad along with his irrigation minister Girish Mahajan to prepare an action plan for inter-state irrigation projects.
Disclosing this on Sunday, CM K Chandrasekhar Rao said the construction works of Medigadda, Annaram and Sundilla barrages, planned as part of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, would commence this summer itself.
“I am happy with the outcome of the talks conducted by the irrigation officials of both the States here on Saturday. The previous rulers could not achieve any breakthrough in the inter-state irrigation projects. But the talks held on Saturday gave the happiest moments after the formation of separate Telangana,” the CM told a group of farmers from Karimnagar district who visited him at his camp office.
Rao said that the Opposition parties were making irresponsible comments on irrigation projects, as they feared that there would be no future for those parties once the irrigation projects were completed. The previous Andhra rulers kept the SLBC works pending for 40 years in the name of construction of tunnel, Rao alleged.
The CM explained the farmers that Tummadi Hatti and Kaleshwaram were the only alternative to Telangana in the wake of Maharashtra and Karnataka constructing close to 400 barrages on Godavari and Krishna rivers obstructing the flow of water.Once, these two projects were completed then Telangana too would prosper like East and West Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh. Rao said that TRS government was committed to extend irrigation facility to 1 crore acres of land.
FARMERS takeout 202 km padayatra to THANK CM
As many as 210 farmers from Julapalli mandal in Peddapalli Assembly segment in Karimnagar district took out a padayatra from Julapalli to Hyderabad carrying Godavari waters in brass and silver pots. They reached the Chief Minister’s camp office after eight-days of padayatra covering over 202 km. CM K Chandrasekhar Rao warmly welcomed the farmers and arranged lunch for them. Rao took the pots of Godavari water brought by the Julapalli farmers. He felicitated farmer Raghuveer Singh, who led the padayatra. The farmers took up the padayatra to thank Rao for paving the way for the construction of irrigation projects. During the interaction, farmers expressed their gratitude to Rao. When they tried to wash the feet of Rao with Godavari water brought by them, he stopped them. Then, farmers offered the water vessels to Rao, which he accepted. Finance minister E Rajender, MLCs N Laxmana Rao, Bhanuprasad and others were also present.