Telangana

Pending projects get Rs. 25,000 crore

Ministers T Harish Rao and Etala Rajender at the inauguration of Thotapalli link canal at Ogulapur village of Chigurumamidi mandal in Karimnagar district on Wednesday.-Photo: By arrangement.

Ministers T Harish Rao and Etala Rajender at the inauguration of Thotapalli link canal at Ogulapur village of Chigurumamidi mandal in Karimnagar district on Wednesday.-Photo: By arrangement.

The State government has been taking all measures for the completion of the pending irrigation projects by allocating Rs 25,000 crore in the budget, said Minister for Major Irrigation T Harish Rao.

Speaking after inaugurating the Thotapalli link canal at Ogulapur village of Chigurumamidi mandal in Karimnagar district on Wednesday, Mr Harish Rao said that they would complete the Mid Manair Dam (MMD) reservoir across the SRSP flood flow canal in Karimnagar by June 2016 and store at least 25 tmcs of water. Similarly, they would also complete Gandipalli and Gouravelli reservoirs within one year and provide irrigation sources to the upland Husnabad mandal, he added.

Stating that they were taking up Gouravelli project at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore and Gandipalli reservoir at a cost of Rs 334 crore, he said that they were taking link canal to the above reservoirs at a cost of Rs 119.93 crore. He said that they would provide compensation as per norms under GO number 123 and appealed to the farmers cooperate with the government.

He also said that they would provide incentive of one per cent to the executing agency if they complete the canal works within one year and reduce the payment of two per cent if they delayed the works. With regard to the abolition of the Thotapalli reservoir, he said that they had redesigned the reservoir to avoid submergence of villages and agricultural land and execute the project at only Rs 100 crore instead of Rs 1,000 crore as projecte earlier and saved the public exchequer.

In the name of Thotapalli reservoir, there was no developmental activity in Ogulapur, Gagigillapur and Narayanpur villages. They would cover the losses of development by announcing special package for these three villages. The land acquired from the farmers would be returned back to the farmers at lesser rates. If not, they would establish industries and provide employment to the local youth. They were also examining to purchase the land and provide the same to the SC under the three acres land scheme, he maintained.

Minister for Finance and Civil Supplies Etala Rajender said that the government had abolished the Thotapalli reservoir in the large interest of the farmers and avoid submergence of villages. Karimnagar MP B Vinod Kumar, legislator V Satish Kumar, MLC P Sudhakar Reddy, CE Anil Kumar, RDO Chandrashekhar and others were also present.


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