MAHABUBNAGAR:The construction of Palamur-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS), envisaged to irrigate around 2.5 lakh acres of land in the state, is all set to begin soon. PRLIS chief engineer Linga Raju told Express that works will formally commence in April. The tender bids were opened on March 10, he added.
“We have sent the details relating to the contract to the controller of tenders to complete the formalities. We are waiting for the final permission from the controller,” Linga Raju said.
The contractor will have to complete the works within two-and-a-half years from the date of commencement. He said that if the contractor fails to complete the works within stipulated time, a fine would be imposed on him besides initiating action as per irrigation Act.
Irrigation officials have already completed the acquisition of 8,700 acres land out of the 20,000 acres required. The CE said that land is being acquired for construction of reservoirs, canal system and surgipool pump house.
The irrigation department has made a request to special collector of land acquisition to expedite acquisition.
The total project cost of the first phase of PRLIS is Rs 29,333 crore. The works include construction of reservoirs and canal system from Narlapur first lift to Udandapur reservoir.