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Sharmila urges Rahul to speak up on corruption in Kaleshwaram project


YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) chief Y.S. Sharmila has written a letter to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi appealing him to raise the corruption of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation project during his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Telangana.

Sharmila wrote that as a national party, Congress should have a regional concern too and particularly about a project that her father — late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy conceived to bring permanent solution to the drought-ridden Telangana lands.

“As Rahul Gandhi begins his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Telangana, we welcome him on this soil, and also appeal him to raise this issue that will have far-reaching impact and awareness as the biggest scam committed by KCR to favour his family and one contractor,” she said adding that the local Congress leaders have only been doing cosmetic service when it came to fighting Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and his corruption in Kaleshwaram project.

Recalling her father’s commitment and vision towards Telangana, Sharmila tried to draw attention of Rahul Gandhi towards the original specifications of the project that was then conceived as Ambedkar Pranahita Chevella Project, and planned with an outlay of Rs 38,500 crore.

“Today, KCR has hiked the cost to over Rs 1.20 lakh crore with no perceived additional benefits. The original project design, along with Dr. YSR’s unflinching commitment towards irrigation in Telangana was hailed by the Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi. We want Rahul Gandhi to know that the current lot of his colleagues in Telangana have no interest to fight these irregularities.”

“We expect Rahul Gandhi to raise the subject all along his Yatra in Telangana, more seriously, and not just as lip service. This appeal is in the larger interest of the people of Telangana. I wish to add once again that it is only the YSRTP that has been fervently fighting against the corruption and massive malpractices in the project,” she said.

The YSRTP leader said she met the CBI and the CAG officials in Delhi and filed complaints against the project irregularities, falsification of numbers and favouritism.

“We are going all out to expose KCR on all fronts, we have not relented, and we will not relax. While welcoming Rahul Gandhi, we expect that he also understands the seriousness of the scam and as a national party, respond by raising the issue,” she added.

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Kaleswaram has redrawn irrigation map of Telangana: KCR


Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has expressed happiness over completion of the Kaleswaram project and said that it has redrawn the irrigation map of the state.

With water being pumped uninterruptedly as planned, he congratulated the Water Resources Department officials, implementation agencies and officials from other departments for their efforts in completing the project on a fast track.

The CM, who visited Laxmi Barrage constructed at Medigadda, directed the officials concerned to fill the tanks and reservoirs this summer with the water stored now at the full level at the barrage. He wanted the officials to prepare project-wise operational guidelines and implement the same.

He wanted other major projects in the state should be completed with the same spirit with which the Kaleswaram Project was completed.

KCR, with his wife Shobha, ministers and other leaders, paid floral tributes to the Godavari waters. He recalled his experiences while constructing the project.

“The Telangana farming community has faced hardships for decades. We have resolved in the initial stages that once Telangana state is formed, farmers should get adequate water supply for two crops and that will be the result of getting Telangana State. We have planned a strategy of constructing a barrage at a point after river Godavari and Pranahita join so that more water can be pumped for more time,” he said.

“After a technical survey was done by the WAPCOS, it was decided to construct a barrage at Medigadda point. We have estimated that with if the barrage is constructed with 16.17 TMC storage capacity on 100 metres height, water can be pumped for 7 months in a year. Whatever we planned it is happening as it is now. 16.17 TMC of water is stored at a height of 99.7 metres. Constructions have happened as we planned. Pumping of water is also happening without any problem as planned. From Medigadda Point, water is stored till 54 km in Pranahita and 42 km in Godavari rivers,” KCR added.

He noted that barrages are brimming with water and they are looking like the sea. Water from Medigadda will reach Yellampalli, Mid Maneru, LMD, Mallanna Sagar, Kondapochamma Sagar, Baswapur and Gandhamalla reservoirs every year. Arrangements are being made to supply water to the Nizam Sagar from Kaleswaram. If need be, water will be pumped to the SRSP from Kaleswaram.

Taking inspiration from the Kaleswaram Project, works on the Tupakulagudem Barrage, Dummugudem Barrage of the Sitarama Project are being completed speedily, he said. “We want to complete all these projects quickly and put an end to the farmers’ hardships once and for all in the state and this is our aim,” the CM said.

“We have taken up construction of the Kaleswaram project as a Yagnam. Thousands of workers toiled 365 days even in the hottest 50 degrees temperatures. The officials have solved the problems like the land acquisition, crossings with lot of knack and presence of mind. I am very happy that the project, which is of immense help and need to the farmers, has become operational. It is a matter of satisfaction that the dreams of Telangana farmers have been realised and a solution to the drinking water problems is reached,” he added.

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NGT blow to KCR govt on Kaleshwaram project


The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to constitute a seven-member expert panel and suggest relief and rehabilitation measures to be adopted in Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project in Telangana.

The National Green Tribunal was hearing the plea of two petitioners who alleged that the construction of the project had begun without environmental and other statutory clearances. The NGT held that environmental clearance was granted to the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project in Telangana in violation of legal requirement, and directed the MoEF to constitute a panel to assess the extent of damage caused and take up restoration measures.

The petitioners had sought a ban on non-forest activities such as felling of trees and blasting and tunnelling activities in the forest areas. The NGT ruled that Kaleshwaram project got environmental clearance “ex post facto” in violation of law.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the stand of the project proponent that the project executed prior to the grant of environmental clearance (EC) is unrelated to irrigation is “patently untenable”.

“We are also unable to agree that the state did not proceed with the irrigation component in the project till the clearances were granted and only constructed components relating to supply of drinking water,” the tribunal said.

In October this year, the NGT had directed the Telangana government to respond to a letter by the Ministry of Jal Shakti to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao asking not to proceed with expansion of Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project without submitting a detailed project report to Godavari River Management Board.

The project was built at an estimated cost of Rs 80,500 crore to provide 169 TMC ft (thousand million cubic feet) water to irrigate 45 lakh acres of land and 40 TMC ft water for drinking purposes. The project was inaugurated on June 21, 2019 by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and the then Chief Minister of Maharastra Devender Fadnavis.

The petitioners contended that Telangana government had proposed a major expansion with Rs 21,000 crore without waiting for proper execution of the Main Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project and finalised Tenders for the expansion of various components of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project in April-May 2020.

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KCR flies over Godavari, visits Kaleshwaram project


Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday had an aerial view of Godavari river and visited Kaleshwaram project.

He flew in a helicopter over the river and visited various places along its 140 km course from Medigadda to Dharmapuri.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, inspected the river which came alive following incessant rains over last one week and huge inflows from upstream.

The Chief Minister along with some top officials boarded a helicopter in Hyderabad and reached Medigadda Barrage. Amidst the drizzle, he worshipped Godavari river and inspected the water stored in the barrage and other works.

KCR later left for Golivada Pump House. After visiting various places, he will reach holy temple town Dharmapuri.

Telangana Chief Minister along with his Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh counterparts inaugurated Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) in June.

KCR’s visit on Tuesday came amid the efforts by the irrigation department to bring on line various components of the mega project.

Billed as the world’s largest lift irrigation project, it is designed to irrigate 45 lakh acres for two crops in a year, meet the drinking water requirements of 70 per cent of the state and also cater to the industry’s needs.

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Video: Kaleshwaram Irrigation Project Inauguration

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World’s largest multi-stage lift irrigation project ready for launch in Telangana

The stage is set for the inauguration of Kaleshwaram — billed as the world’s largest multi-stage lift irrigation project — across the Goadavari river in Telangana.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao will formally inaugurate the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) on Friday in the presence of his Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh counterparts and Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.

Termed as the biggest achievement by India’s youngest state, the project has been designed to irrigate 45 lakh acres of land for two crops in a year besides meeting drinking water requirement of 70 per cent of the state.

Officials say the Rs 80,000 crore Kaleshwaram project is a major step towards the goal of “Bangaru Telangana” (golden Telangana) set by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government by bringing one crore acre area under irrigation.

The project will be inaugurated with three Chief Ministers and the Governor participating in a series of programmes at the project site in Jayashankar Bhupalapally district near the borders with Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, has invited Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as the state extended full cooperation for the construction of the project. The two states in 2016 signed agreements to solve inter-state disputes, paving the way for the mega project.

Inviting new Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy for the event is also significant as both the Telugu states have resolved to amicably solve their disputes over sharing of waters of Godavari and Krishna rivers.

KCR has also invited top officials of the banks which provided loans for the project. “We have not received even a single rupee from the Centre. The project is self-funded and also with loans raised from a consortium of 20 commercial banks,” he said.

The foundation stone for the project was laid in 2016 and it is claimed to be the world’s biggest project of its kind completed in the shortest time.

The construction of barrages and pump houses have been completed while the construction of the reservoirs is on at a brisk pace.

The government is making preparations to lift two TMC of Godavari water per day from the Medigadda barrage, beginning July end.

Under the project, claimed to be an engineering marvel, water from Godavari will be lifted to the Medigadda barrage, at about 100 metres from the sea level, and from there the water will be further lifted in six stages and supplied to Kondapochamma Sagar, which is at a height of 618 metres. In other words, the water from Godavari will be lifted at about half a kilometre height, said an official note.

The project comprises 1,832 km water supply route, 1,531 km gravity canal, 203 km tunnel routes, 20 lifts, 19 pump houses and 19 reservoirs with storage capacity of 141 TMCs. It requires nearly 4,992 MW of electricity to pump 2 TMC of water every day in the first phase. The requirement will go up to 7,152 MW for lifting 3 TMC from next year.

Leading infra company Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) has completed the electro-mechanical works for the project. For pump houses, 120 machines (each machine consists of one pump and a motor) are being installed and out of these, MEIL alone is installing 105 machines.

MEIL is also constructing 17 pump houses. As part of Link 1 in the first phase, Medigadda, Annaram and Sundilla pump houses are being partially readied for pumping water. The world’s biggest underground pump house is also ready to pump 2 TMCs of water per day.

“It’s a privilege and a lifetime opportunity that we are executing this engineering marvel, building the world’s biggest pumping scheme. We are engaging world-class technology involving the best agencies and manpower and are racing with time without comprising on quality,” said B. Srinivas Reddy, Director, MEIL.

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Why didn’t KCR invite Modi for Kaleswaram festival?


Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao is caught up in a controversy involving the TRS-BJP strained relations. He has not attended PM Modi’s Delhi meeting today on One India One election debate. Now KCR has also not invited Modi for his grand inaugural function of multi-crore Kaleswaram Lift Irrigation Project tomorrow. This has triggered a political storm in Telangana on whether he is on a collision course with BJP.

KCR is projecting Kaleswaram project as a man-made wonder and engineering marvel achieved by his government. He has invited Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He has not invited any of the BJP leaders from national or state levels.

As rumours are spreading on this very fast, KCR asked why he should invite Modi for each and everything. He further said that PM was invited for Mission Bhagiratha and Kakatiya for which Rs. 24,000 crore central funds were requested. Not a single rupee was granted. KCR reminded his critics that he had called Modi a fascist in the past for his not helping the cause of Telangana. It looks he is drawing battlelines with BJP for 2023 Telangana assembly election already.

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