Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao laying foundation for SRSP canal works at Upparapalle in Warangal Rural district on Friday
Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao laying foundation for SRSP canal works at Upparapalle in Warangal Rural district on Friday

Warangal: Every day about two lakh bags of cement was being used in the works of Kaleshwaram project and it indicates the pace at which works were going on, said Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao.

Erstwhile Warangal district would be the first one to be benefitted after the completion of the project, which aims to irrigate about 18.5 lakh acres in the State. Water from the project would be supplied by next monsoon, he said.  

The Central Water Commission (CWC) officials have expressed their satisfaction over the quality and speed of Kaleshwaram project works, the Minister said after launching repair works related to SRSP Distributary Main Canal DBM 40 at Upparapalle village in Chennaraopet mandal in the district on Friday.

The works were taken up at an expenditure of Rs 17.23 crore. During the current year, as many as 186 tanks in Narsampet constituency were filled with water through the SRSP canals. It had enabled farmers to harvest crops worth Rs 210 crore.

Steps were being taken to supply Devadula water to Pakhal Lake to provide water to two crops. By next summer, drinking water to every household would be supplied through Mission Bhagiratha, Harish Rao said.   

Later on the day the Minister laid foundation stones for several development works including the launch of the canal repair works at the cost of Rs 82 crore at Kuravi in Mahabubabad district and addressed a public meeting. He said the government was making efforts to complete SRSP-I and II canal repair works before the completion of Kaleshwaram project to get nearly eight lakh acres under irrigation in the erstwhile Warangal, Nalgonda and Khammam districts.

An amount of Rs 440 crore was being spent for the modernisation of the distributaries beyond Manair. By next monsoon water from Kaleshwaram would flow into SRSP canals irrigating tail end areas in Dornakal constituency where 1.10 lakh acres would be irrigated. On Thursday night, Harish Rao has also chaired a meeting at Chintagattu camp in Warangal to review progress of works under irrigation department. He directed the officials to complete Devadula works on war foot basis. 

Referring to the works related to Devadula phase-III, Minister Harish told the officials to complete the package-II works by July and package-II by October this year. He wanted the officials to ensure that work would be carried out in three shifts in order to complete them at the earliest.