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Tummilla project to irrigate 87,700 acres

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Jogulamba Gadwal: Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao has promised to complete construction of Tummilla Lift Irrigation Scheme within six months and irrigate a total ayacut of 87,700 acres under Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme (RDS) till the last acre. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will dedicate the project to people of Jogulamba Gadwal district and release water after its completion.

Harish Rao, during his whirlwind tour of Nagarkurnool and Jogulamba Gadwal districts, inspected the reservoir works at Edula in Koderu mandal of Nagarkurnool district and laid foundation stone for construction of Tummilla project near Tummilla in the district. After inaugurating the pylon near the project site, he addressed a huge gathering of around 15,000 farmers.

“By kharif 2018, farmers of Jogulamba Gadwal district would get water from the Tummilla project. The Telangana government had proactively been urging the Karnataka government to complete modernisation of RDS and the response from the Karnataka government has been positive and cooperative,” the Minister said. He also stated that Telangana government has successfully released water to 4.5 lakh acres in erstwhile Mahabubnagar district for the current rabi season.

Recalls KCR’s role

Harish Rao reminded people that the Chief Minister had fought for release of water from RDS in 2002 as the TRS president and now took initiative to find an alternative to the water woes of farmers of erstwhile Mahabubnagar district. “Unlike previous governments which took a decade to complete even minor irrigation projects in undivided Andhra Pradesh, the TRS government was completing major projects within six months. If not for Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao, we would not have achieved separate Telangana State nor would have realised Tummilla project,” he recalled.

The Minister rubbished claims of Congress leaders to have completed 95 per cent works of Kalwakurthy project during their regime and asked “If 95 per cent works were completed during the decade-long Congress rule, why did they provide water only to 13,000 acres? They did not even complete land acquisition in various locations. The Kalwakurthy project was realised only because of the Chief Minister and the government succeeded in bringing 2.5 lakh acres under cultivation in 2016.”

Ministers Jupally Krishna Rao, Dr C Laxma Reddy and Niranjan Reddy, MLAs Ala Venkateshwar Reddy, Srinivas Goud, Guvvala Balraju, MP Jithender Reddy, MLC Kasireddy Narayan Reddy, ZP Chairperson Bandari Bhaskar, TRS State secretary Bandla Krishna Mohan Reddy and others were present at the event.

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