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Complete Palamur Lift in 2 yrs: KCR

Palamur Lift irrigation project should come into force in just two years to transform the district into a green corridor which is known for its migration, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said. KCR today held a high level review meeting attended by Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, industries Minister Jupally Krishna Rao, Dr C Lakshma Reddy and Planning Commission Deputy Chief Niranjan Reddy and Chief Secretary Dr Rajiv Sharma at camp office here.

The Chief Minister directed the ministers and officials to coordinate and review every week the works to be commenced on a war footing by completing survey, design and tenders in just two weeks. Directing Harish Rao and other ministers to frequently monitor the projects he asked to complete simultaneously the works of pump houses, reservoirs, canals and tunnels to enable them get waters. Palamur scheme should help supply irrigation waters to Narlapur, Edula, Vattem, Karvena, Uddandapur and Hema Samudram reservoirs besides expanding it to Ranga Reddy district with a plan of action, KCR asserted.

With a top priority to irrigation, the government will spend Rs 25,000 crore every year for the projects and there shall not be any delay or dereliction of the works he stated. Let the projects not take eight long years to complete and team efforts should complete Palamur scheme in two years and provide irrigation waters to the crops the chief minister said. Stating that he will review the project regularly, KCR asked Harish to do so every Monday and officials to coordinate with power utilities. The Chief Minister asked Mahabubnagar District Collector Sridevi to offer suitable compensation to those families losing their lands, houses and assets as part of land procurement for the project he said and asked the officials to take agencies help to complete surveys at the earliest. KCR also adviced them to release funds from time to time and take the services of the retired officials if necessary.