Laying foundation stone for the much-awaited Kaleshwaram project at Medigadda in Karimnagar district on Monday, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said the irrigation projects would be completed on time, despite hurdles like earthquakes, thunderbolts or cry by Opposition parties. The Rs 84,000-crore project would be done within three years. The projects would augment drinking water supply to Hyderabad, while 10 per cent of the water would be allocated for the industrial use.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the State would make use of 1300 tmc ft of waters as per GOs issued before bifurcation of united Andhra Pradesh. Kaleshwaram would be a boon for North Telangana districts and 2.50 lakh acres in Adilabad district would be irrigated by drawing water to Pranahitha from Tummidihatti and building Chanaka-Korata barrages.
In a reply to Andhra Pradesh government and Opposition parties of two Telugu States for coming in the way of the projects, KCR lashed out at the Congress for adopting multiple standards and making “mindless” comments. He said no force on the earth could stop the Telangana Government from using its rightful share of irrigation waters by completing the projects to make the State a green belt.
Declaring that Kaleshwaram will be turned into a tourist spot and sanctioning Rs 25 crore for temple development, KCR said the Maharashtra government had agreed to the project and he would talk to his counterpart Devendra Fadnavis to sign the deal to speed up the works.
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