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Irrigation projects in Telangana reach crucial phase

Hyderabad: Delivering on promises in a mission mode, the Irrigation Department has tasked itself with advancing the deadlines for key projects. The New Year message of Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao to the rank and file of the department is loud and clear — The best preparation to do good work tomorrow is to do good work today.

The next eight months are crucial on the irrigation front, more so with the need to meet deadlines for kharif targets. With the works on major projects progressing as desired, farmers have pinned hopes on the kharif 2018. The government is firm on providing water for the kharif season to the targeted ayacut under half-a-dozen major projects.

Works on the Kaleshwaram barrages and pump houses have been put on fast track so as to complete them ahead of the schedule to give water to the Mid-Manair project from June. The department is going all out to complete the works on the Mid Manair and create a storage capacity of 25 tmc. Works on installing the crest gates at the project are in an advanced stage.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao took stock of the works in progress at Kaleshwaram and other barrages coming up as part of the Rs 85,000 crore project had a thorough review on their implementation on his return to Hyderabad. Even the Irrigation Minister had a three-day stock taking session on the progress of work.

Completion of works on the lift scheme taken up as part of the rejuvenation of Sriramsagar Project has been accorded top priority. Harish Rao had shouldered the task of monitoring the progress of work on a day-to-day basis. So is the case with works on the SRSP canal system modernisation.

The government had planned to provide water to some 30,000 acres by kharif under the Chanaka Korata project. The project is the outcome of the inter-State agreement with Maharashtra reached in August 2016. The erstwhile Mahabubnagar district would be a major beneficiary of the special drive to give water to maximum extent of land for kharif this year.

Over eight lakh acres would be covered this kharif in the district, according to OSD Irrigation Department Sridhar Rao Deshpande. Besides the new tanks sanctioned under phase IV of Mission Kakatiya, works pending under Phase-III are also of priority, he added.

Releasing the Irrigation Department calendar at Jala Soudha, Harish Rao wanted officials to step up the pace of works on all projects and made an impassioned plea to them to ensure that farmers were not left disappointed. “The way Kaleshwaram project is being taken up should serve as a source of inspiration for implementation of other projects,” he added.

The Minister said as part of the measures initiated to strengthen the department, a total of 382 assistant executive enginners were appointed last year and another 312 AEEs would be appointed soon this year.

Heaping praise on the top brass of the department he said Special Chief Secretary (Irrigation) S K Joshi stood as a role model for every officer in the department, for his sincerity and dedication.

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