Suryapet: Former Minister and Suryapet MLA Guntakandla Jagdish Reddy on Friday directed officials to ensure that even the last villages to be covered under Mission Bhagiratha get the same quantity of water that is supplied to the first village. Along with Collector Amoy KUmar, Jagdish reviewed the progress of the project’s works at a meeting with the officials in the Suryapet district Collectorate. Speaking at the review meeting, he made it clear that all villages should get equal quantity of water and that none should be supplied less than the prescribed amount..
Stating that there was no room for the word “tail end” area in the scheme, he pointed out that the State government succeeded in deleting the word in the irrigation sector also. During the earlier governments of united Andhra Pradesh, farmers of tail-end areas of several projects, including the Nagarjuna Sagar Project in Telangana, were denied irrigation facility for decades, he said. Jagdish also directed the officials to work in coordination with village sarpanches and officials of the electricity department to review the situation of drinking water supply in rural areas. He also made it clear that there should be no scope for a drinking water problem to arise in the district this summer. When officials brought to his notice that some persons damaged the pipelines of Mission Bhagiratha in some areas, Jagdish asked the District Collector to take stringent action. He also made it clear that zero tolerance would be maintained on the persons, who would try to create hurdles for the project, which was a prestigious scheme of the State government. The officials said water was being supplied to 234 villages under Mission Bhagiratha and works were on at the remaining 242 habitations. They also explained the mandal-wise status of the works in the district..