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KCR Performs Bhumi Puja for Kaleshwaram Project

In a low-key affair, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao performed Bhoomi Puja for Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, at Medigadda village on Monday. Though the government had plans to organise a grand function to mark the occasion, KCR preferred a low-key function as the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Maharashtra could not be signed. Medigadda barrage will be located in Mahadevpur mandal in Karimnagar district.

As Maharashtra Chief Minister Devender Fadnavis was preoccupied with important programmes, the MoU with Maharashtra to construct Medigadda barrage could not be signed. In these circumstances, Rao decided to perform only the Bhumi Puja in a simple function and did not unveil any plaque or address the gathering. “There are no muhurtams available in near future. That is why the Chief Minister decided to perform only Bhumi Puja. Once, the MoU with Maharashtra on Mettugadda barrage is signed, then a big meeting will be organised," sources in Irrigation department told Media.

Speaking to reporters after performing the Bhumi Puja, Chandrasekhar Rao said that the government would ensure utilisation of 1,300 tmc water from both Godavari and Krishna at any cost. Rao blamed the previous governments of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh for the injustice meted out to Telangana in irrigation sector. “We will utilise every drop of our share from Krishna and Godavari. Some AP leaders are opposing the projects in TS. They should stop issuing useless statements against Telangana projects," the Chief Minister added.

KCR expressed hope that the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme would turn the entire North Telangana lands fertile. “The Medigadda barrage across Godavari will be completed within two-and-a-half years time," Rao declared. The Medigadda barrage is intended to draw 160 tmc of water from Godavari and divert the same to Yellampalli project. “The final agreement will be signed with Maharashtra CM soon," Rao added.

Explaining the benefits of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, KCR said that the project will be beneficial for Karimnagar, Warangal, Medak, Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Nalgonda and Nizamabad districts. “Maharashtra government cooperated very much. Even if the Medigadda barrage is not constructed as per schedule, Godavari water will be lifted through pumps and diverted to the proposed Annaram and Sundilla barrages downstream Medigadda," KCR informed. He also said that as per the agreement with Maharashtra, Thummadi Hatti barrage in Adilabad would also be constructed soon. Several ministers and TRS leaders participated in the ceremony.

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