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Telangana State Govt is making huge plans to improve Irrigation and Agriculture
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http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities...00-irrigation-in-telangana/article6112419.ece

KCR promises 100% irrigation in Telangana

Government keen on eradicating fluorosis in Nalgonda

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has promised several measures to ensure 100 per cent irrigation in Telangana, particularly to eradicate fluorosis in Nalgonda and check migration in Mahabubnagar.

He promised to implement a 400 km long flood flow canal on Krishna from Jurala in Mahbubnagar to Pakala in Warangal by taking up a diversion anicut at Gurramguda, 10 km downstream of Jurala. A lift will be provided to pump water on the way for about 50 km as the canal will pass through the highest point in Telangana at Laxmidevipalli, which is at an altitude of 670 mt. Otherwise, the water will be carried by gravity all along in Nalgonda.

Mr. Rao said Adilabad and Khammam districts will also be focused by the government for creation of irrigation infrastructure as they had 48 per cent forest land and less than 40 per cent irrigable land each. There were several streams from Bhainsa to Kagaznagar in Adilabad which had to be exploited by constructing irrigation structures. An investment of Rs.3,000 crore was required for the purpose.

The State government will pay to its Maharashtra counterpart matching expenditure for construction of Lower Penganga project that will irrigate lands in Bela and Jainad mandals of Adilabad district. The Lendi canal and Kaulas Nala projects in Nizamabad district would be strengthened.

The Chief Minister added that Karimnagar will be made the rice bowl of Telangana with the aid of high quality irrigation network. The Nizamsagar project which in the past irrigated 15 lakh acres would be modernised. Its storage had gone down from 58 tmcft to 18 tmcft over the years.

He regretted that Devanur and Itchampalli projects could not be taken up on Godavari, but did not pitch for them.
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National status for Pranahita is top priority

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/1406...al-status-pranahita-top-priority-t-harish-rao

National status for Pranahita is top priority for T Harish Rao
DC CORRESPONDENT | June 09, 2014, 02.06 am IST

Hyderabad: Minister for irrigation, marketing and legislative affairs, T. Harish Rao, who took charge on Sunday, said his topmost priority would be to achieve national status for Pranahita-Chevella project, which has the capacity to irrigate 16 lakh acres in the water-scarce areas of seven Telangana districts, on completion.

He said a special task force would be set up, which would pursue the case with the Centre.

“It requires over Rs 40,000 crore to complete the project. The state government cannot afford to spend such a huge amount. It requires the Centre’s support to complete the project. For that, getting national status is mandatory. If this is accorded the entire expenditure will be borne by the Centre. We urge the Centre to grant national status to the project on par with Polavaram,” Mr Rao said.

He stated that his target is to irrigate at least 1 lakh acres in each Assembly constituency. His priorities also include setting up more rythu bazaars to supply good quality vegetables at affordable prices and improve facilities in the market for farmers.

He named Bowenpally market after B.R.Ambedkar as a tribute to the great leader who was in favour of smaller states for better administration.

Markets would be made farmer-friendly by providing facilities to the farmers who come there to sell their produce, including computerisation of arrivals. Out of the 150 markets in Telangana most of them were trader friendly. Basic facilities such as rest rooms, toilets and canteens would be provided so that the farmers could stay overnight to sell their produce.

As legislative affairs minister, Mr Rao said, he would strive for enhancing the dignity and respect of the Legislative Assembly by enabling meaningful discussions on various issues.
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Study to be Undertaken for Irrigation Facilities

http://www.newindianexpress.com/sta...tion-Facilities/2014/06/16/article2283182.ece

Study to be Undertaken for Irrigation Facilities

SANGAREDDY: Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said a high-level study will be carried out to find out ways and means to provide irrigation facilities for the areas, where there are no irrigation projects in Telangana State.

During his maiden visit as the minister to Siddipet, his Assembly Constituency on Sunday, Harish Rao said TRS is committed to the promises made in his election manifestos and now that it had formed the government it will keep each one of them.

He said that study will be carried ouat as part of the promise made in regard to irrigation for one lakh acres in every constituency. He said tanks will be repaired and strengthened to ensure the rain water is harvested for future use. “In my own constituency every effort will be made to bring another two lakh acres under irrigation,” he said. Pranahita Chevella project will bring irrigation waters to majority of areas in Medak district, he said and reassured the farmers on Government’s commitment to waiver of loans to the farmers up to `1 lakh. “There should not be any doubt on the issue. KCR had promised and that promise will be kept. Don’t get carried away by the apprehensions raised by the opposition parties,” he said.

Reminding that he had often visited the constituency as MLA, Harish said that now as a Minister he is duty bound to visit all over the state. “However, I will definitely spend one day in a week in the constituency,” he said while seeking cooperation of the people in his efforts to develop Siddipet and the party to develop Telangana as a whole.
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Rs. 1 lakh crore budget for irrigation: KCR

http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...-budget-for-irrigation-kcr/article6046712.ece

Rs. 1 lakh crore budget for irrigation: KCR

Engineers asked to work on completion of ongoing projects and launch new ones right from June 2

Chief Minister-designate of Telangana K. Chandrasekhar Rao has promised over Rs. 1 lakh crore budget for the irrigation sector in the new State in tune with his commitment to create an ayacut of 10 lakh acres in each district.

At a five-hour long meeting with about a 100 irrigation engineers of Telangana -- past and present -- Mr. Rao said his priorities when he takes over as Chief Minister would be welfare, power and irrigation in that order. He asked the irrigation engineers to work on completion of ongoing projects and launch new ones right from June 2 when he assumes office. They should not worry about funds as he would mobilise them tapping all possible sources.

He said the TRS government would give top priority to Palamuru–Ranga Reddy lift irrigation scheme which has the potential to create 10-lakh acre ayacut in Mahabubnagar, Ranga Reddy and Nalgonda districts. The Dindi lift irrigation scheme would be the next priority as it would solve the flourosis problem which is rampant in 17 mandals of Nalgonda district.

Mr. Rao asked the officials to prepare a report seeking a 3,300 MW captive thermal power plant for Pranahita–Chevella project for submission to the Central government. Similarly, the Palamuru–RR project could be submitted to the Prime Minister for sanction of funds.

He also sought revival of the golden age of minor irrigation in erstwhile Hyderabad State when 20 lakh acres was irrigated by 33,000 tanks but they have all disappeared now due to rapid urbanisation. The chain link of tanks existing then should be revived, he felt.

On a suggestion by Engineer-in-Chief (Administration) L. Narayan Reddy that the Irrigation Department is facing shortage of maintenance staff, particularly ‘lashkars,’ Mr. Rao promised to recruit them and also take up project-wise review.

ENC (Irrigation-Telangana) C. Muralidhar said 26 ongoing projects in the region could be completed in two years at a budget of Rs. 18,000 crore. Telangana retired engineers’ forum general secretary M. Shamprasad Reddy wanted July 11 be officially declared Telangana engineers’ day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Nawab Ali Nawaz Jung Bahadur, Chief Engineer in the Nizam’s government, who constructed the Nizamsagar project.
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KCR to personally argue before Krishna Tribunal

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities...ue-before-krishna-tribunal/article6112426.ece
KCR to personally argue before Krishna Tribunal

To seek higher share of river water for Telangana

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said that he would personally appear before the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal headed by Justice Brijesh Kumar seeking higher share of river water for Telangana in the context of its formation as a new State.

Replying to the debate on motion of thanks to the Governor’s address in the Assembly, Mr. Rao said consecutive governments of the integrated State had always deceived Telangana in the matter of river water allocation.

There was ample scope for getting an additional allocation of 200 to 300 tmcft of water from the Krishna, but the potential was never exploited.

Telangana had an assured allocation of 300 tmcft and a surplus of 77 to 80 tmcft in Krishna through construction of Kalwakurthy and Nettempad lift irrigation schemes and Srisailam left branch canal. But the region got only half of the 132 tmcft allocation in SLBC alone.

Expressing the government’s resolve to step up storage in minor irrigation systems dependent on Krishna, Mr. Rao said the criminal intent of the previous regimes reduced the capacity of these sources from 93 tmcft to 33 tmcft.

Therefore, the government had decided to fill all the tanks in Krishna and Godavari basins to create a storage of 200 tmcft by lift-cum-gravity. Hyderabad would also get drinking water from Krishna, leaving Singur project to the irrigation needs of Medak and Ranga Reddy districts.

On the Godavari, Mr. Rao said the government was committed to take up the construction of two or three reservoirs upstream of Kadam project whose capacity would also be increased.

The government also proposed to complete Kantanapalli and Devadula projects with a capacity of 50 tmcft each to create irrigation facilities for Warangal as the district was not getting enough water from Sriramsagar main canal due to lower capacity.
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Do not want lift Irrigation - Canals are better

http://www.eenadu.net/news/newsitem.aspx?item=panel&no=8

Do not want Lift Irrigation - Canals are better

GoTS is favoring canals and Gravitational Irrig systems as against Lift Irrig projects.
16 out of 31 major projects taken up as a part of Jalayagnam are in Telangana State
All of them are major Lift Irrig projects.
GoTS is asking Engineers to redesign and find ways to make them into canals
GoTS wants to reduce dependency on Electricity for Irrigation

A good strategy for long term benefits for both GoTS and the farmers.
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Harish Rao asks T-employees to play an active role

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/harish-rao-asks-t-employees-play-active-role
Harish Rao asks T-employees to play an active role

... Harish Rao said that the TRS Government would never initiate high-profile schemes like Jalayagnam which did not yield any direct benefit to the farmers. However, he said that the government would take practical measures to help the farmers. He asked the irrigation department employees to focus on conservation of water...
 

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Hyderabad: The first meeting of the newly constituted Krishna River Management Board, that was held on Thursday decided in principle to address the drinking water problem in both Telangana and AP, and accordingly issue orders for the release of water.

The Board which met under the chairmanship of A.B. Pandya decided to allot the remaining 2.8 TMC ft of waters to the Krishna Delta and 3 TMC ft of water to the AMR Project in Nalgonda district with immediate effect. It also simultaneously decided to release 10 TMC ft each to the Nagarjunasagar Left (Telangana region) and Right Bank (AP) canals to meet drinking water needs up to September 2014.

However, in view of the fast falling levels in the Nagarjunasagar dam, the Board also decided to draw waters from the Srisailam dam to Nagarjunasagar dam to keep the reservoir level at 510 ft MSL.

When the AP government sought release of waters from Nagarjunasagar to Krishna delta for irrigation needs, the Board rejected the request stating that in view of the precarious situation Krishna basin is now facing due to lack of rainfall, any requests from the two states for water for irrigation cannot be considered.

At one stage when AP government representatives sought release of water from the Nagarjunasagar dam below 510 ft, the Board stated that the minimum draw down level (MDDL) of the Nagarjunasagar dam (510 ft) should be maintained. However, it decided to consider the request as when the situation improves.

Mr Pandya expressed happiness over the smooth conduct of the meeting.
 

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Hyderabad: A Telangana government delegation, led by irrigation minister T. Harish Rao, on Monday met Union water resources minister Uma Bhar-ti, and asked for the constitution of a Statutory Tribunal to look into fresh reallocation of Krishna river water among the four riparian states, including Telangana.

Mr Rao, along with TRS MPs and officials, including special chief secretary of irrigation B. Aravind Reddy, and engineering-in-chief Muralidhar, met Ms Bharti and chairman of Central Water Commiss-ion A.B. Pandya.

The minister submitted a formal petition to the Central government on the need to reconstitute the Krishna Tribu-nal to ensure equitable share in distribution of waters to Telangana, ke-eping the contribution of catchment area and the requirements of the region in mind.

According to Mr Rao, Ms Bharti assured the delegation of considering the Telangana government’s request favorably.

The delegation represented to Ms Bharti that the allocations made by the Bachawat Commisson in 1973 and the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal in 2013 did not specify water allocation to the Telangana region and had only made allotments to the three riparian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and AP.

Mr Rao pointed out that due to this, there had been injustice done to projects in the Telan-gana region by the undivided AP government all these years. “Since Telangana has been for-med as a state, it has every right to demand its share in Krishna wa-ters including fresh allocations for drinking wa-ter requirements of Hy-derabad and its surro-undings due to increase in population,” he said.

Mr Rao also demanded national project status for the Pranahita-Chevella gigantic lift irrigation project on the lines of the Polavaram project, which had been declared as a national project in the AP Re-organisation Bill.

He told the Union minister that in view of the heavy cost involved, the Telangana government could not take up the construction and it was the responsibility of the Centre to come to the state’s rescue.
 

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HYDERABAD: The Telangana government has sought constitution of a new tribunal for deciding the share of Krishna waters among riparian states - AP, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

A delegation led by Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao met Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharathi in Delhi and made a request to this effect.

They maintained that since Telangana is a new state, it deserved a fair share of waters. For that to happen, the delegation said that a fresh tribunal has to be constituted to listen to the arguments of all the riparian states. They wanted appointment of an expert committee pending constitution of a fresh tribunal for deciding the share of each state of Krishna waters.
 

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Telangana sanctions Rs 8.76cr for two projects

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/1407...cle/telangana-sanctions-rs-876cr-two-projects
Telangana sanctions Rs 8.76cr for two projects

Hyderabad: Bracing up to complete pending irrigation projects, the Telangana state government has sanctioned Rs 8.76 crore for survey and DPR (Detailed Project Report) for Palamur lift irrigation and Jurala-Pakala project on Wednesday.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who accorded sanctions for irrigation wor-ks, also discussed with officials of various departments about the proposed comprehensive socio-economic survey to be conducted across Telangana to ensure data of ev-ery individual for fool proof implementation of welfare sc-hemes and check misuse of funds. Mr Rao has convened a high-level meet on August 1 to fix the date for socio-economic survey. He also discussed the modalities for implementation of 1 lakh loan waiver scheme for farmers.

The government okayed Rs 5.73 crore for Palamur lift irrigation project and 3.03 crore for Pakala project for survey and DPR. Both the works will be completed in two months time.

The CM asked the irrigation department to submit a report on the two projects, which are being taken up on priority.

Mr Rao asked irrigation minister T. Harish Rao, irrigation adviser Vidyasagar and other officials to speed up these two projects.
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Telangana to issue ordinance on right of way to water grid

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities...right-of-way-to-water-grid/article6880768.ece
Telangana to issue ordinance on right of way to water grid

The Government of Telangana would soon promulgate an ordinance for providing the right of way for laying pipelines of the drinking water project, water grid, to ensure speedy progress of works.

This was stated by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao at a review meeting held here on Tuesday. He also named the water grid project as Telangana Drinking Water Project. ...
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Telangana CM launches flagship programme for restoring tanks

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/telangana-cm-launches-flagship-programme-restoring-tanks

Telangana CM launches flagship programme for restoring tanks

Hyderabad, March 12:
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday launched Mission Kakatiya, one of the flagship programmes of the government aimed at restoration of irrigation tanks across the state.

He formally launched the programme by participating in the removal of silt from a tank at Sadashivanagar in Nizamabad district.

Accompanied by Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao and other cabinet colleagues, he unveiled a pylon to mark the occasion.

The government plans to restore 46,000 tanks over the next four years at an estimated cost of Rs.25,000 crore.

The mission has been named Kakatiya as a tribute to the Kakatiya dynasty rulers, who had built a large number of irrigation tanks in Telangana.

KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, said that Kakatiya rulers had built 80,000 tanks. He said successive rulers did not damage these tanks but during the last 60 years, the rulers from Andhra destroyed them.

The chief minister said the government would desilt the water bodies and it was the job of farmers to take away the silt...

The minister said 9,573 tanks would be revived this year. In the budget for the period 2015-16 presented in the assembly on Wednesday, the government allocated Rs.2,083 crore.

The government has already invited tenders for 3,150 works.
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Water Grid project

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/1504.../k-chandrasekhar-rao-awaits-modi-his-wishlist
K. Chandrasekhar Rao awaits Modi with his wishlist
Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is keen on Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiling a pylon for his dream Telangana Water Grid project.

Though the project works have been launched by taking up construction of intake wells in Warangal and Adilabad districts recently, the project pylon was not formally unveiled so far.

A 60-feet tall pylon was constructed on three acres at Choutuppal in Nalgonda district at a cost of Rs 1.50 crore.

Though Mr Rao was supposed to unveil the pylon, he has been postponing the inaugural event for three months now. Official sources say this was because the CM wants it to be unveiled by the PM soon and would seek Rs 8,000-crore special package from the Centre to execute the Rs 40,000 crore water grid project. Mobilisation of funds to complete the project before 2019 general elections became a daunting task for the TS government.

Mr Rao already made statements inside and outside the Legislative Assembly several times that the TRS would not seek votes in 2019 elections, if it fails to deliver Water Grid project by then. Such is priority being given for this particular project by the CM.

The government has already tied up with various funding agencies to secure Rs 25,000 crore loans for the project. However, it still needs another Rs 15,000 crore to complete the project and the CM wants to seek a special package from the Centre by inviting Mr Modi to launch the project.

Mr Rao is confident that Mr Modi will agree to launch the project, since it is based on the Gujarat-water grid model, which earned name and fame for Mr Modi, during his tenure as Gujarat CM.

“The CM will visit New Delhi soon after the PM returns from his ongoing foreign tour and extend an invitation to launch the water grid pylon,” said an official of panchayat raj department.

However, it remains to be seen whether it would materialise or not given that the repeated invitations extended to union minister for water resources Uma Bharti to launch "Mission Kakatiya" for restoration of water bodies, proved futile.
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