Rajanna-Sircilla: TRS working president and Sircilla MLA KT Rama Rao on Monday described the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme as an engineering marvel that rivaled engineering wonders in China and three gorges dam. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s vision and the hard work put in by engineers helped the wonder take shape, Rama Rao said in an interaction with mediapersons after examining the underground tunnel, surge pool and pump house in package 9 of the project near Malkapeta of Konaraopet mandal..
“With the vision to turn parched land into green fields by providing water to 1.25 crore acres, the Chief Minister took up the Kaleshwaram project. The capacity of the project was also enhanced to 141 tmc from 11 tmc,” he said. Complimenting irrigation engineers who were striving hard to complete the difficult project within the stipulated time, Rama Rao said except for the distributary channels, 90 per cent of the work was completed in package 9. While the reservoir nearly completed, work on a 1-km underground tunnel stretch was pending and the pump house would be completed in the next four to five months, he said. The former Minister said the minor irrigation system in Telangana was completely destroyed when Telangana was part of Andhra Pradesh. “Chandrashekhar Rao came up with a plan to revive the system by linking major irrigation projects with tanks and ponds,” he said. Hoping that the engineers would complete the project by September, Rama Rao said water will be provided to 2 lakh acres for two crops in Rajanna-Sircilla district in August and September. Earlier, he inspected the underground tunnel and enquired about the progress of the works with the engineers..