Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns on a water tap to mark the inauguration of the first phase of  Mission Bhagiratha at Gajwel in Medak district on Sunday as Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu look on
Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns on a water tap to mark the inauguration of the first phase of Mission Bhagiratha at Gajwel in Medak district on Sunday as Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu look on

Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched Mission Bhagiratha, aimed at supplying piped drinking water to every household in Telangana at Komatibanda village in Gajwel mandal of Medak district.

To mark the launching of the scheme, he switched on a pump for the supply of drinking water to 243 villages covering 66,000 houses and also turned the first water tap of the mission.  He also unveiled a pylon to mark the launch of the first phase of the mission.  

Under Mission Bhagiratha, estimated to cost around Rs 42,000 crore, Rivers Krishna and Godavari and all existing reservoirs would be interlinked to collect, reserve and supply treated drinking water to every household in over 24,000 villages and 65 towns. 

The project involves laying 1.30 lakh km of pipelines.

Accompanied by Governor E S L Narasimhan, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and some Union Ministers, Modi also went round a photo exhibition on Mission Bhagiratha.

Modi, who is on his maiden visit to Telangana, also remotely inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for several other projects in different parts of the State.

He laid the foundation stone for 1,600 MW Telangana Super Thermal Power Project being set up by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) with an investment of Rs 10,500 crore at Ramagundam in Karimnagar district. 

Modi unveiled a plaque to lay foundation stone for revival of Ramagundam Fertiliser Plant. The plant, closed 17 years ago, is being revived at a cost of Rs 5,250 crore. 

He also laid the foundation stone for Kothapally-Manoha rabad railway line, connecting Hyderabad and Karimnagar. The work is estimated to cost around Rs 1,100 crore. 

The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation a 1,200 MW thermal power plant established by Singareni Collieries built with an investment of Rs 8,000. Modi also laid foundation stone for Kaloji Narayan Rao University of Health & Sciences in Warangal district.