First pump of Kaleshwaram lift scheme

state government was constructing 19 storage reservoirs unnecessarily, says retd engineer To file case in SC on Kaleswaram project

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A retired irrigation engineer Laxminarayana is planning to file a case in the Supreme court on Kaleswaram project. Speaking to the media here on Tuesday he said that the State Government and Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao was misleading the people and is changing the design just to get kickbacks. He said he was approaching the highest court to protect the people from submergence.

He slammed Harish saying that the Telangana State was being transformed into debt-ridden. He alleged that though the State government escalated the Kaleswaram project estimation from Rs 40,000 crore to Rs 80,000 crore, the project will be completed with Rs 30,000 crore easily.

He also alleged that the Irrigation Minister was taking commissions by hiking estimations in the name of re-designing. The bad thing in the project was that they would lift the water which comes through gravity to 50 meters height using 3-lifts, he said and informed that the lifts needed 1100 megawatts power costing Rs 1300 crore per year. He said that the State will avail 15 TMCFT of water at Thummidihetti and there was no use to Telangana State by entering into an agreement with the Maharashtra. The State government was constructing 19 storage reservoirs unnecessarily, he said and informed that 33 to 44 TMCFT of water was enough for the second crop. The government was spending Rs 50,000 per acre to provide water.