Kurnool: The Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao directed the officials to speed up the works at Muchumarri lift irrigation scheme.

He inspected the progress of the ongoing works here on Monday. He said that water would be released to the KC Canal and Handri-Neeva through six pumps.

“We wanted to finish the works before January 15 but could not complete due to unavoidable reasons. We will complete the construction of pump house by March end,” the Minister said.

Devineni said the approach channel works at a stretch of six kilo meter are also going on brisk pace. He felt that the scheme would help the farmers of the drought region.