ANDHRA PRADESH

YSR promises to meet drinking water, irrigation needs

SAFETY FIRST: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy visiting the attack-proof police station at Kataram on Saturday. - Photo: R. Raju  



Staff Reporter

Takes part in Rajiv Palle Baata in naxalite-dominated areas amid tight security

Chief Minister says that the Pranahita project will be taken up soonKaleshwaram lift scheme to irrigate 40,000 acresJob cards distributed to farm labourers in Koyyur

KATARAM (KARIMNAGAR DT.): The Government is committed to providing water for irrigation and drinking water requirements for each and every village in Telangana by utilising Godavari waters, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy has said.

Participating in the Rajiv Palle Baata (RPB) programme in the naxalite-dominated area from Adavi Mutharam to Tadicherla mandals on Saturday amid tight security, Mr. Reddy said that the ambitious Pranahita project would be taken up soon.

Statues unveiled

Expressing concern over non-availability of water for irrigation and drinking water requirements in spite of the Godavari flowing in the region, he said that they would take up Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project to irrigate 40,000 acres.

He also laid foundation stones for Rs.40-crore developmental works.

The developmental works focussed on repairs to breached tanks and restoration of old tanks in the region.

He also announced Rs. 12 crores for restoration of Boggulavagu project in Kataram mandal. He also promised to sanction Indiramma villages scheme in a phased manner.

The Chief Minister also launched the national employment guarantee scheme by distributing job cards to farm labourers in Koyyur for taking up desiltation work. He also unveiled the statues of Indira Gandhi in Dhanwada village and former Assembly speaker D. Sripada Rao in Koyyur village.

Peddapalli MP G. Venkat Swamy thanked the Chief Minister for sanctioning the ambitious Pranahita project to provide irrigation facilities to five districts of Telangana and also drinking water facilities to Hyderabad city.

Government Whip and Manthani legislator D. Sridhar urged the Chief Minister to take measures for opening coalmines in Mahadevpur and Tadicherla region which have abundant coal reserves. ZP chairman K.V. Rajeshwara Rao, legislators - T. Jeevan Reddy, J. Ratnakara Rao, Collector C. Parthasarathi, and others were present.