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Harish Rao releases water from Kalwakurty lift; Slams TD, Congress

Thu, Sep 08, 2016, 06:51 PM
Hyderabad, Sept.8: Finally, the decades-long dream for irrigation waters in the parched lands of Palamur district came true here on Thursday with Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao switching on the second and third lift of the Kalwakurty project in the presence of Minister Jupally Krishna Rao, MP Jitender Reddy, MLA Srinivas Goud and officials.

Harish Rao let the waters flow down at Jonnalaboguda under Kalwakurthy project getting smiles back on the faces of the farmers. This will irrigate one lakh acres in Kalwakurty, Achampet, and Kolhapur areas and will also irrigate 2.5 lakh acres in three months. About 30 per cent of works will be completed in nine months to reach the target, he said.

Ridiculing the previous TDP and Congress regimes for confining themselves to words and failed to implement the scheme and then chief ministers N Chandrababu Naidu and Y S Rajasekhar Reddy just broke coconuts and failed to complete the project, Harish Rao maintained that the TRS Government could complete the works in just two-and-a-half years as Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao promised.

“As per KCR’s direction, we have persistently monitored the works for speedy completion and the decades-long dream of water for parched fields has come true”, he claimed. Harish Rao spent a night at the Kalwakurty project office to encourage the engineers and officials to speed up the works and released in advance Rs 10 crore funds towards bills payment. He slammed the Opposition leaders for making mischievous comments and obstructing the works.

The successive governments made tall promises deserting the green lands of Palamur, he deplored. Extending thanks to the engineers and officials for the completion of the project, Harish Rao asked them to speed up the works enabling the farmers to get waters for six lakh acres by next Kharif season.

The TDP leaders in Telangana have no moral right to live in the State as they tried to stall the Kalwakurty lift works by filing cases. They attained notoriety for creating hurdles to the developmental works, he added. MLA G Balaraju and others were present.

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