Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday declared that he would personally inspect the works of Palamuru-Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Project twice a month to ensure that they are completed on time.
Addressing a public meeting at Bhootpur in Mahbubnagar district, the Chief Minister alleged the district had been left to suffer despite having rich natural resources.
Earlier in the day, he had laid foundation for the Palamuru-Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Project which is expected to irrigate 10 lakh acres in the district. The project has been named Kurumurthy Lift Irrigation Project.
Stating that he has always had a special affection for Mahbubnagar, KCR said with irrigation projects materialising, the migration of workers would stop eventually. “Within three years, 70 per cent of works of the project will be completed and people of Palamuru can live a life of dignity without having to migrate for work,” he said.
Besides the Palamuru-Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Project, the Chief Minister announced the State government would build another project at Vemusamudram with a capacity to store 10 tmc of water.
Appealing to those affected by Palamuru-Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Project not to obstruct the works, he assured them of a handsome package in ex gratia.
“The government will consider the case of affected families as a special case, and will issue orders soon to provide one government job to every affected family. Besides, the ex gratia will be paid even before the commencement of works,” he assured. Retired irrigation engineer Ranga Reddy, a native of Mahbubnagar, has been posted as Officer on Special Duty to oversee the projects of the district.
KCR further said the government was making efforts to slake the thirst of Ranga Reddy district with the Laxmidevipalli Irrigation project that would irrigate 3.15 lakh acres in the district.
Irrigation minister T Harish Rao, ministers C Laxma Reddy, MPs AP Jithender Reddy and Balki Suman and other participated in the programme.
Source: The New Indian Express