The Union water resources ministry has agreed to include 11 projects of Telangana state under its Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) which is aimed at extending the coverage of irrigation and improving water use efficiency.
State irrigation minister T Harish Rao, who participated in the first meeting of PMKSY in New Delhi on Tuesday, told reporters later that the Union water resources ministry had decided to include Sri Komaram Bheem, Gollavagu, Ralli Vagu, Mattadi Vagu, Pedda Vagu (Neelvai Vagu), Pedda Vagu (Jagannath project), Palem Vagu, SRSP second phase, Rajiv Bhima lift irrigation and Devadula projects as first priority in PMKSY scheme.
The Indiramma flood flow canal will be taken up as a second-priority project.
“We have asked the Centre to release ` 1,155 crore as AIBP fund and another ` 2,825 crore as loan from NABARD,” Harish Rao said.
The meeting resolved that the Centre should release funds for prioritised projects before May 15. It was also decided that states can get loans from NABARD without problem with respect to FRBM rules, he said.
Harish Rao said the TS government had initiated Mission Kakatiya to see that a situation similar to Latur in neighbouring Maharashtra did not arise in the state. “With the rejuvenation of water bodies under Mission Kakatiya, we can store 245 tmcft of water,” he claimed.
Rao called up his Karnataka counterpart MB Patil and invited him to discussions to resolve the Rajolibanda diversion scheme dispute.
TS seeks 5,000 cr Central fund for Mission Kakatiya
The state government has asked Niti Ayog to allocate ` 5,000 crore for its prestigious Mission Kakatiya. A team of Niti Ayog officials, including its adviser SK Jain and deputy adviser PK Jha, met state officials to know more about Telangana’s flagship programmes of Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha. The state officials gave a PowerPoint presentation on the two schemes and the Niti Ayog delegation was impressed by the two programmes. Commenting on Mission Kakatiya, the Niti Ayog advisers said they would ask other states to replicate the programme in their states.
Source: The New Indian Express