State officials defend irrigation plans to use modern technology for optimal water use in Telangana.
In Telangana for the first time state government said it had a detailed project report ready on the controversial Kaleswaram lift scheme and Mallannasagar reservoir and it said it had not put it in the public domain as a strategy given that enemies may use it against the states benefits. Opposition had all along said the government was going ahead without preparing the DPR as per the report.
A panel of three independent experts has pointed out several lapses in the DPR, Project chief engineer Hari Ram faulted the experts report and said all was okay, the 71 page report was prepared and released recently by three experts Raghu who works with the Telangana State Transco and international water consultant Gujju Biksham and data analyst Siva Kumar who said the project was impracticable.
Opposition is gearing up for a big fight in the ensuing Legislature meeting. Here TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy and TTD working president Revanth Reddy said they had decided to raise the Kaleswaram lift scheme and Mallannasagar reservoir issue in the Winter Session of the Legislature as said.
Here, there are several key issues ranging from providing water to more than 18 lakh acres in North Telangana districts to the requirement of power to lift water and the obligation of funds on which there are divergent sentiments.
Experts committee said that while the annual income from Kaleswaram project would be around 4000 crore rupee and spending would be between 17 876 crore and 33070 crore rupee. And it said changing the headworks from Tammidihatti to Medigadda would result in an additional expenditure of 1254 crore rupees on power consumption and pumping of water from reservoirs and pumping stations, as reported to media.