90 pc works will be completed by 2017-end: KTR
Panchayat Raj Minister K Taraka Rama Rao on Thursday said as much as 90 per cent of the drinking water scheme Mission Bhageeratha would be completed by the end of 2017. The Minister was replying to a question by G Kishore Kumar of TRS, who wanted to know the specific constituencies in which drinking water would be supplied in the first phase.
Hyderabad: Panchayat Raj Minister K Taraka Rama Rao on Thursday said as much as 90 per cent of the drinking water scheme Mission Bhageeratha would be completed by the end of 2017. The Minister was replying to a question by G Kishore Kumar of TRS, who wanted to know the specific constituencies in which drinking water would be supplied in the first phase.
KTR said that the intake structure and allied works as phase-I were launched and were progressing well. The phase-II works for the primary and secondary pipelines and construction of structures were also launched. In the (four) packages formulated based on the clear water supply of Godavari Pipeline of HMWSSB, the works were at brisk phase.
He said in the first phase the constituencies of Medchal, part of Qutubullapur in Rangareddy district, Gajwel, Dubbaka, Siddipet in Medak district, Bhongir, Alair, part of Nakrekal, part of Tungaturthy in Nalgonda, Jangaon, part of Station Ghanpur, part of Palakurthy and part of Tungaturthy in Warangal district were proposed to be provided with water connections. He said it was proposed to cover 24,224 habitations (outside of ORR) of 99 constituencies by the end of 2018.
He said the MLAs would be given a booklet showing how water would be given, where it would be given and where the works were going to be taken up. He urged the MLAs to convene meetings with the Deputy Engineers concerned in their respective constituencies to ensure that the works would be carried at brisk pace.
He said that by 2017-18 year end the target of the government was to provide water to 18,872 villages. He said that the Union Rural Development Minister Chaudhry Birendra Singh had complemented the project and wanted other states to emulate it. The Union Minister also promsied to help the State government in acquiring loan needed for the vast project
When BJP leader Laxman said the government was imposing loan burden, the Minister said that by 2018, drinking water would be provided to 8,770 Gram Panchayats, 69 ULBs through tap. “We sought NITI Ayog to contribute at least 50 per cent funds for the project. They agreed but state government is yet to get the help,” the Minister said.
He said that the sanctioned works under the project was for Rs 36,976.54 crore and the project cost was Rs 40,000 crore. He said that Nabard and Hudco loans were taken. He said that the money would have to be paid to the contractors only after completion of 75 per cent of the work. He said the State government would give counter guarantee to the financial institution.