25,000 crore needed to complete all irrigation projects: Harish Rao

25,000 crore needed to complete all irrigation projects: Harish Rao
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Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said that Rs 25,000 crore would be required to complete all the Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao in the State. The Minister inaugurated Rs 117.93 crore worth Thotapalli link canal works at Ogulapur of Chigurumamidi mandal on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, he also informed that Mid Manair would be filled with 25 tmc of water by completing it by June this year.

Karimnagar: Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said that Rs 25,000 crore would be required to complete all the Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao in the State. The Minister inaugurated Rs 117.93 crore worth Thotapalli link canal works at Ogulapur of Chigurumamidi mandal on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, he also informed that Mid Manair would be filled with 25 tmc of water by completing it by June this year.

The Minister said that water would be supplied for two crops in Husnabad dry lands area by completing Gouravelli and Gandipelli reservoirs in the coming one year period. For the Gouravelli and Gandipalli projects, Rs 1,000 and Rs 334 crore were sanctioned. Both the reservoirs would be interlinked with Thotapalli link canal.

Stating that about 100 acres pf land would be acquired for the canal, Harish Rao promised to provide compensation to farmers according to GO 123 and he appealed to the people to cooperate with the government in completing the project as early as possible. Assuring to pay 1 percent bonus to the contractor if he completed the works within one year, the Minister warned that 2 percent penalty would be collected if the con tractor failed to do so.

Thotapalli reservoir was cancelled and redesigned for the benefit of the people, he added. Harish Rao said that Thotapalli needs Rs 1,000 crore to supply water to 48,000 acres and three villages were completely submerged under the project. But with the redesign, the same extent of land was going to be covered with a meagre amount of Rs 100 crore and submergence of villages was completely avoided, he added.

He said that those people who lost their land under the project, their land would be returned at a lower price. If they were not ready to take back their lands, the government is mulling two options, one was to provide jobs to unemployed youth by establishing an industry and another is to allocate land to dalits under three acre-land scheme.

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