Telangana CM trashes Kaleshwaram power bill critics

Vastavam web: Stating that river Godavari is the only lifeline for Telangana to meet the growing water needs of the state, Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said his government will spend Rs 15,000 crore per annum on power bills to lift water from Kaleshwaram and supply it across the state for irrigation, drinking and industrial purposes. KCR said in view of depleting water resources in Krishna, the government has constructed the Kaleshwaram project for the optimum utilisation of Godavari waters. The project will help in utilising 400 TMC of water from Kaleshwaram, 100 TMC from Sit­arama Lift Irrigation

Pro­j­ect in Khammam and 75 TMC from Devadula and Tupakulagudem Reservoirs in addition to the allocation. In all, Telangana will use 575 TMC of water after the completion of the above mentioned projects, he said. Rubbishing the Opposition critici­sm on the burden of mo­u­­­­­nting power bills in lifting wa­ter from projects, the CM said it is estimated that the government would have to spend Rs 4,992 crore per year to lift the water.

The Chief Minister said if Godavari receives excess water, there is no need of lifting water from Medigadda. “We can draw the flood waters from Mid Manair dam (MMD) directly which will help reduce the burden of power bills ,” he added. He clarified that there is no reverse pumping of water in Kaleshwaram as reported by a section of the media.

The objective of the project is to lift water and fill the reservoirs and use the resources for irrigation mainly. He further said all lift schemes were designed only after conducting a scientific study by the experts. This project, he said, will provide irrigation facility for 45 lakh acres. Apart from providing drinking water to Hyderabad, it will also address the water problems of Mahbubnagar and Rangareddy.