Hyderabad, Aug.6 (PMI): Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the irrigation higher officials to be alert and cautious regarding maintaining the Kaleswaram project Barrages. He has instructed them to take all precautions and measures while maintaining the gates, as lakhs of cusecs of heavy floodwater is coming from Pranahita.
The CM said he was happy that the Kaleswaram project aimed at supplying water to 45 Lakh acres, water for the industrial purposes and drinking water purposes to 80 percent of the Telangana state, has been completed within a short span of time.
The CM along with the senior officials went on a visit of the Kaleswaram project in two helicopters to examine the River Basin, where water was stagnated 150 KMs above Medigadda Barrage, the key Barrage in the Kaleswaram project.
Earlier, the CM from Medigadda helipad reached the Barrage. He went for a long walk on the Barrage. On this occasion, the CM offered flowers, Kum Kum, Turmeric to River Godavari. He also dropped coins into the river. He has inquired from the officials details about floodwaters reaching from Pranahita above Medigadda Barrage. He also inquired from the officials on how much water flowed down Medigadda reservoir in this season so far. The officials informed the CM that in this season so far 300 TMC of water was flown down. The CM asked the officials to open the gates based on the floodwater being received and maintain water level in the river. After the floods are receded in Godavari, all the gates should be closed, the CM said.
The CM has congratulated the L&T and irrigation officials for completing the Medigadda barrage on time and made it functional this season. Later, the CM visited the Yagashala, which was utilised recently, and received memoranda from the people.
Along with the CM, Ministers Etela Rajender, E Dayakar Rao, MP J Santosh Kumar, ZP Chairman Putta Madhu, MLA Gandra Venkatramana Reddy, CM Principal Secretary Narsing Rao, Principal Secretary (Finance) Ramakrishna Rao, Irrigation Secretary Somesh Kumar, CM Secretary Ms Smitha Sabharwal, OSD Bhoopal Reddy, Collector V Venkateswarlu, Irrigation E-in-C Muralidhar Rao, EE Ramana Reddy, L&T Representative Raju participated.
There was a heavy rain at the Medigadda Barrage before the CM’s visit. The rain stopped when the CM visited the Barrage. When the CM left for Golivada, there was again heavy rain at Medigadda and Kaleswaram areas. (PMI)