Hyderabad: KCR said the assembly about the irrigation projects in Telangana required “re-engineering”. The Seemandhra rulers in the undivided state had devised about the project.KCR has decided to convene a meeting with all political parties and irrigation experts on re-engineering the projects.
“They (the irrigation projects) signify the cruel joke played by the rulers in the undivided state on Telangana. Their design itself is faulty and do not serve the purpose of our farmers or people. There is an urgent need to re-engineer irrigation projects. We all have to sit together along with irrigation experts, discuss and re-engineer them by setting aside our political agenda in the interests of Telangana,” Mr Rao said.
“This was because our Telangana bidda Marri Chenna Reddy was the CM of undivided AP for a brief stint, during the period when SRSP was conceived. There was also Koti Reddy, who was a great engineer at that time. Because of their combination, today SRSP is able to irrigate lands up to 6 lakh hectares,” Mr Rao stated.
Mr Rao said, “The Dammugudem project has been taken up in Telangana but not a single drop from this project will come here while we lose agriculture and forest lands in Nalgonda and Khammam. Why should we spend public money on such projects?”
“There are several projects in Telangana, which are on the verge of completion like Nettampadu, Kalwakurthy, and Bheema etc. About 80 to 90 per cent works are already finished. By spending some amount of funds, they can be completed fast. But the government is trying to take up all the projects simultaneously which will lead to shortage of funds and non-completion of any project. This will lead to misuse of public money,” Mr Reddy said
Mr Rao replied, “There is no dispute in your argument. I agree with you 100 per cent. But I want to tell the House that not only these few projects, but all the projects in Telangana need to be re-engineered. We don’t want to proceed unilaterally on this issue just because we are in the government. We want to take along leaders like you who have vast experience and take decisions collectively.”