Mission Kakatiya: Invite tenders before Dec 15
The state government’s flagship initiative ‘Mission Kakatiya’ aimed at desiltation and restoration of tanks, would bring world-wide glory to Warangal, said Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao.
Minister asks officials to demolish illegal structures within the boundaries of tanks
Warangal: The state government’s flagship initiative ‘Mission Kakatiya’ aimed at desiltation and restoration of tanks, would bring world-wide glory to Warangal, said Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao.
The Minister directed the officials concerned to complete the task of calling tenders by December 15 and expressed anger over the lack of information with regard to the tender process. He told the officials to demolish all the illegal structures which came up within the boundaries of the tanks.
“Care would be taken to keep way the possible political interferences to stop the demolitions,’ he said addressing officials and public representatives at an awareness meeting on Mission Kakatiya held at Kakatiya Medical College campus here on Tuesday.
He informed that the state government would be taking up restoration of 9,000 tanks across the Telangana state this year. He said Rs 2,000 crore was earmarked this year for the project. It was planned to spend Rs 20,000 crore during the next five years for the revival of tanks across the state.
Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti was invited to launch the programme along with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in January, 2015. The work would be completed by May so that the tanks would be ready by the time of arrival of monsoon, he said. Harish Rao appealed to local politicians and people to rise above party lines and take part in the task.
He said the Mission Kakatiya was a noble task and government alone cannot complete the task. It requires the support of all stakeholders. He called upon the stakeholders to take part in the launch of tank restoration works in villages. The irrigation department decentralised decision making and simplified procedures, he pointed out.
Every engineer should work responsibly and with complete dedication. Those who perform meritoriously would be given rankings and they can secure posting wherever they want following counselling, the Minister explained. A quality control cell would be set up in Hyderabad to closely monitor the works and to maintain transparency. All the officials should be available locally otherwise they would have to face the punishment, he cautioned. Later, the Minister chaired a review meeting at the Collectorate here on Devadula and other irrigation projects in the district. Earlier, he inaugurated a 5000 metric tonne capacity cold storage unit and a canteen at Enumamula Agricultural Market in Warangal.
Deputy Chief Minister Dr. T Rajaiah, MPs K Srihari and A Sitaram Naik, MLAs D Vinay Bhasker, A Ramesh, D S Redya Naik, K Surekha, B Shankar Naik, A Chandulal, Ch Dharma Reddy, ZP Chairperson G Padma, District Collector G Kishan and others were present.