Expedite Pending Irrigation Projects: KCR

Chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao held a meeting to review the progress of pending irrigation projects in the district on Friday. He asked the officials to expedite the works.

Speaking at the review meeting, KCR said the state government was contemplating to provide jobs to around 15,000 persons, whose lands were acquired by the government for the construction of various irrigation projects.

“One in each family, which lost land for irrigation projects, will be provided with a job,” the chief minister said. Most of the beneficiaries will be provided jobs in the Irrigation department, while some will be accommodated in other departments.

Key Decisions

The contract for all the motors and pipelines required for Palamuru-Rangareddy will be given to BHEL.

  • Palamuru-Rangareddy will be divided into five packages and contract will be given to five different agencies. Works on all packages will be started simultaneously.
  • Water for Nalgonda from Dindi project.
  • Water for Ranga Reddy from Laksmidevi Palli reservoir.
  • Government will call tenders for Palamuru-Rangareddy soon.
  • The CM also directed the officials to expedite the construction process of all the irrigation projects.

Rao observed that the delay in land acquisition is causing delay in construction of projects. “We are constructing irrigation projects spending huge amounts. Compared to that the land acquisition required small amounts. Speed up the acquisition of lands,” Rao directed the officials.

Rao said the proposed re-designing of irrigation projects would reduce the inter-state disputes and other problems.The chief minister also directed the officials to provide compensation at market rate for people evicted of Palamuru-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme.

The State government has already deposited `300 crore with Mahbubnagar district Collector for payment of compensation to the people evicted for Palamuru-Rangareddy LIS. Rao directed the officials to utilise the money and complete the land acquisition process soon. The same policy should be adopted for acquisition of lands for other projects.

Rao also directed the officials to complete the construction of Kalwakurthy and other pending irrigation projects in Mahbubnagar district. Nagarkurnool MP Nandi Yellaiah, former minister DK Aruna and several others participated.

Source: The New Indian Express

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