Pending projects will be completed on a war footing: Harish Rao

Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao on Sunday asserted that all pending irrigation projects in Telangana would be completed on a war footing and allocations for them would be made to the fullest extent in the Budget this year.

Replying to the main question from Leader of the Opposition, Mohammed Ali Shabbir and others during the question hour in the Legislative Council, he said there was no shortage of funds and the government would accord top priority for their completion.

He said some of the projects would be completed by July this year and most others by next year.

Responding to various demands from the opposition and ruling party members, he said that every month the progress of the irrigation projects was being reviewed and issues such as land acquisition and clearances of NH/ railway crossing were being addressed on priority. Already an amount of Rs.250 crore was spent on pending projects in Mahabubnagar district this year and another Rs.100 crore would be utilised by this month-end. In Adilabad district, one lakh acres would be irrigated by July next year and Komaram Bheem project to irrigate 45,500 acres, would be completed by 2017-18.

He said the quantum of budget required for Koilsagar Lift Irrigation scheme, SRSP-II, Singur, Neelwai, Suddavagu, Kinnerasani and Palemvagu projects was Rs.150.50 crore.

Source: The Hindu

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