Drought areas to turn green: Harish

Hyderabad: Drought areas in Telangana will be transforming into green areas with abundant water resources with determination of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao has said.

Addressing a public meeting at Kalikota village in Kotlapur mandal of Jagitial district, the minister said the irrigation projects are getting completed to fulfill the dream of turning drought areas into green to have waters. This will improve agriculture activity and the credit goes to the Chief Minister for completing the projects, he said. He also promised to fill Suramma Cheruvu with abundant waters if the locals give 300 acres and get suitable compensation.

Though the Congress began Yellampally project, it failed to fill a single drop of water, he charged. However, the TRS government in the last four years filled it with 35 tmc water giving boost to farm activity in a big way, he claimed. Harish Rao also took a dig at the Congress and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for coming in the way of projects and development. The Congress was moving courts against the projects and Chandrababu complaining to the Centre, he charged.

However the TRS government was committed to complete the projects and irrigate about one crore acres as planned, he said. Chandrababu was playing dual standards on the issue and was not ready to stall the works of Polavaram project despite Odisha complaining against it to the Centre, he said. The Sri Kirshna Committee had clarified that Telangana can get 954 tmc share of waters, he said, adding that Kaleshwaram and Sitharama projects are getting completed. The Centre has offered all permissions to Kaleshwaram project and KCR was determined to complete all the projects, the minister said. (NSS)