Mission Kakatiya wins accolades
The coordination committee meeting on irrigation projects in the country called for by the Ministry of Water Resources here on Saturday saw Mission Kakatiya initiative of the Telangana government coming in for all-round praises. Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao attended the meeting as a member of the Central Committee headed by Union Minister Uma Bharati.
New Delhi: The coordination committee meeting on irrigation projects in the country called for by the Ministry of Water Resources here on Saturday saw Mission Kakatiya initiative of the Telangana government coming in for all-round praises. Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao attended the meeting as a member of the Central Committee headed by Union Minister Uma Bharati.
He is said to have highlighted about the various initiatives the Telangana government had taken with regard to irrigation sector. It was also learnt that the initiative of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao in holding negotiations with the neighbouring Maharashtra Chief Minister to resolve disputes in sharing of the Godavari waters also attracted praises from all quarters.
Harish Rao is said to have asked the committee to suggest to all State governments to follow suit. It may be recalled here that Chandrashekar Rao has already appealed to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to come to a discussion table to resolve Krishna waters dispute with not only Telangana but also with Karnataka.
The committee on Saturday discussed the completion of projects scheduled to finish by 2017. It also discussed the plan to irrigate eight million hectares by 2020. The committee was of the opinion that the funds allocated for irrigation projects in the Union Budget should be released during the beginning of the financial year instead of the present practice of releasing in February.
Addressing the meeting, Uma Bharati said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was particular that the targets be met without any delay. The Telangana government’s initiative in launching Mission Kakatiya was laudable as it would not only regenerate groundwater in the parched lands of Telangana, but also would be effective in fighting recurring droughts, she remarked.
She said the Devadula project was included under the AIBP projects and would get all help for its completion at the earliest. She said the Ministry was in receipt of the Telangana government's request to include Kaleswaram as a national project and it was under consideration. Uma Bharati reportedly agreed to visit Telangana soon to study the experiment of Mission Kakatiya. The Union Minister who got positive inputs in this regard is planning to make an indepth study of the project, it is learnt.