Telangana Government Plumps for Chinese Expertise for Irrigation Projects

The state government will take financial and technical know-how from China for the massive irrigation projects planned in the state.

A team of engineering experts will be sent to China to study the construction of irrigation projects, the technology used and the systems adopted in that country.

The decision in this regard was taken by chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao here on Saturday. Chinese construction company Gezhouba group’s chief representative Huang Wanlin, executive manager Lu Weiming, India representatives Samapth Kumar and G Venkatachalam called on Rao at his camp office on Saturday.

China had vast experience in the construction of major irrigation projects, particularly lift irrigation projects. “It will be useful to take the help of the experienced Chinese companies,” Rao said.

The government has planned massive irrigation projects, most of them lift irrigation. Water has to be lift from the Godavari to a maximum height of 520 metres. Such huge lift irrigation projects need the best and proven technology.

The government will soon start constructing the Kaleswaram, Tupakulagudem and Sri Sitarama lift irrigation projects. Rao invited the representatives of Gezhouba to participate in the tenders. The Gezhouba delegation expressed its interest to invest around ` 10,000 crore in the construction of irrigation projects in Telangana.

Before the Chinese companies participate in the construction of irrigation projects here, the chief minister wants state irrigation officials and experts to visit China and study the projects there. Rao remarked that Chinese companies had better knowledge and experience in completing irrigation projects speedily and with quality. Meanwhile, Rao directed the officials to call for tenders for all the irrigation works including pump houses, pipelines, canals and lifts without waiting for the construction of main barrages. The target is that by 2017, Mallanna Sagar and Yellampalli should receive water from the proposed Kaleswaram lift irrigation project, the chief minister said.

Source: The New Indian Express

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