KTR highlights Mission Bhagiratha at World Environmental Congress in US

The minister pointed out that conservation of water remained the top priority for the Telangana government, which has taken the UN Sustainable Development Goals very seriously by chalking out plans to conserve water.

Minister for Urban Development and Municipal Administration KT Rama Rao on Monday evening showcased the State government’s initiatives to conserve and harness water resources including lakes while delivering the keynote address at the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress held at Sacramento, California.

In his address, the minister pointed out that conservation of water remained the top priority of the State government, which has taken the UN Sustainable Development Goals very seriously by chalking out plans to conserve water. He highlighted and spoke in detail about the State’s flagship ‘Mission Bhagiratha’ project, which is aimed at providing drinking water to every household in the State.

To make such a complex and ambitious project succeed, the State has declared Mission Bhagiratha as the State’s flagship programme, the minister said.

KTR said that of the total 554 ground level balancing reservoirs planned under Mission Bhagiratha, 224 were already built. Out of 579 Overhead Balancing Reservoirs that were planned, construction of 150 reservoirs was already complete. Under the Mission, 19 intake structures have been planned, out of which construction of 15 was complete. The State government had planned to construct 153 Water Treatment Plants (WTPs), out of which 120 were ready, he said.

The Minister said that out of the 30,000 miles of proposed transmission lines, 17,000 miles were already laid as part of Mission Bhagiratha.

KTR also spoke about Mission Kakatiya, the State government’s initiative to restore about 46,000 lakes in the State. He also highlighted ‘Haritha Haram’ and described it as one of the largest afforestation programs in human history to increase the green cover in Telangana.

The minister later met the top leadership of electronics manufacturing company Sanmina Corporations, headquartered in San Jose, California. Rao met Chairman and CEO of Sanmina Corporations, Jure Sola and discussed opportunities to invest in electronics manufacturing. He explained the recently launched industrial policy and TS-iPASS single-window clearance system of Telangana.

He also met CEO of Adobe, Shantanu Narayan, and Keerti Melkote from HP.

Source: Telangana Today

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