At around 10.30 am, along with his wife Shobha, he performed a special puja at the Kaleshwara Mukteswara Swamy temple.
The couple paid floral tributes on that day to the Godavari River at the Pushkara Ghat, the confluence of the Godavari Pranahita. They offered the River Godavari water with auspicious turmeric, saffron, and coins.
The Chief Minister remembered the experiences of the Kaleshwaram project at its beginning and subsequent construction.
He appreciated the efforts of the engineers of the Irrigation Department in building the Kaleshwaram project. Later, they left for Medigadda’s Lakshmi Barrage.
With water at all major dams of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) touching Full Reservoir Level (FRL), Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao ordered irrigation officials to start pumping water from the project to fill the state’s reservoirs, tanks and other related water bodies to meet the needs of people during the summer.
He also wanted the authorities concerned, motivated by the Kaleshwaram project, to expedite the development of other major projects in the state.
The Chief Minister visited the Lakshmi Barrage installed at Medigadda on Tuesday and inspected the Kaleshwaram project’s operations. Chandrashekhar Rao, reviewing the Kaleshwaram project activities, remembered the experiences faced during the construction of the project. He said farmers in Telangana have suffered for decades because of the lack of irrigation facilities.
He claimed that the State Government had agreed to provide adequate irrigation facilities to allow farmers to grow two crops per year in order to completely achieve the aim of the establishment of the Telangana State.
“We also built a proposal for the construction of a barrage at the confluence of the Godavari and Pranahita Rivers in order to pump enough water for a longer period of time to upstream areas. We conducted a Water and Power Consultancy Services Limited (WAPCOS) scientific survey and decided to construct a barrage at Medigadda Point.
The construction of a barrage with a water storage capacity of 16.17 tmc at a height of approximately 100 m is projected to pump water for approximately seven months. All the buildings went as expected and our hopes are being met, with a water level of 99.7 m and a smooth pumping of water without any trouble,” he added.
The Chief Minister noted that water was overflowing from the Medigadda point up to 54 km on the Pranahita River and up to 42 km on the Godavari River.
He pointed out that reservoirs can now receive water from Medigadda at any time of the year, such as Yellampally, Mid Manair, Lower Manair Dam, Mallanna Sagar, Kondapochamma Sagar, Baswapur and Gandhamalla reservoirs. “Arrangements are also being made to pump irrigation water from the Kaleshwaram project to Nijamsagar, while water can, if required, be pumped from the Kaleshwaram project to the Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP), “he said.
The Chief Minister felt that the Kaleshwaram project in the state of Telangana had changed the face of irrigation. The construction of the Tupakula Gudem Barrage for the Devadula project and the Dummugudem Barrage for the Sitarama project are in full swing, inspired by the construction of the Kaleshwaram project.
He suggested setting up control rooms to regulate the water flow at the Medigadda Barrage, Tupakulagudem Barrage and Dummugudem Barrage. He also instructed them to develop and enforce the operating rules for all the current projects in a timely fashion.
Ministers Koppula eshwar, GangulaKamalakar, ErrabelliDayakar Rao, Government Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, DGP M Mahender Reddy, Principal Secretary for Irrigation Rajat Kumar, CMO Secretary Smita Sabharwal, Irrigation department Engineers-in-Chief Muralidhar Rao, Venkateshwarlu, Peddapalli MP Venkatesh Neta, Peddapalli Zilla Parishad chairman Putta Madhu, Warangal Rural Zilla Parishad chairperson Gandra Jyothi, Government Whip Balka Suman, MLAs Gandra Venkataramana Reddy, P Chander, Diwakar Rao, Manohar Reddy, MLCs Seri Subhash Reddy, Puranam Satish, Narada Lakshmana Rao and also others were present. (INN)