Telangana CM Chandrasekhar Rao announces imminent commencement of PRLIS canal projects.

Telangana’s Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, emphasized that the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) had successfully navigated the challenges posed by Opposition parties. He highlighted the resilience of the project in overcoming these obstacles.

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In a significant announcement, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao unveiled the State government’s plans to imminently initiate construction work on the canals envisaged within the ambit of the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS). This decision came in light of the recent attainment of environmental clearance, marking a triumphant victory over all the hurdles that the project had faced.

The Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS) government exhibited a resolute determination to bring the lift irrigation project to fruition. This ambitious endeavor aimed to provide water to an expansive 12 lakh acre ayacut and address the pressing drinking water needs of as many as 1,200 villages. To fulfill this objective, strategic measures would be undertaken to transport water to the reservoirs through lifts, thus fulfilling the vital drinking water requirements of the populace.

Speaking on the occasion of Independence Day, the Chief Minister eloquently addressed a gathering at the Rani Mahal Lawns of the historic Golconda Fort. In his address, he took a pointed dig at the Opposition parties, with the Congress being the focal point, for their attempts to hamper the progress of PRLIS. He underscored the project’s significance in alleviating the challenges faced by Mahabubnagar district, known for the migration of its residents to other regions within the State and even the country.

Highlighting the Opposition’s intent, Chief Minister Rao highlighted their resorting to legal actions, including filing cases in the Green Tribunal, against the PRLIS. He expressed concern that these actions were motivated by political gains at the cost of the people residing in the drought-prone district. In contrast, the government remained steadfast in its commitment to executing the project, resulting in the eventual clearance of the cases and the environmental approval.

Furthermore, the Chief Minister criticized the Opposition for distorting facts about the State’s remarkable progress achieved within a short time frame. He pointed out their “cheap mentality” in misrepresenting the truth. A specific incident was cited, where an opposition leader claimed that a mere three-hour water supply was sufficient for the agricultural sector. This veiled reference was aimed at TPCC president A. Revanth Reddy. The Chief Minister exuded confidence that the public would duly address such anti-farmer attitudes during an opportune moment.

In reflection of unprecedented heavy rains that inundated the State in the preceding month, Chief Minister Rao highlighted the government’s foresight and proactive measures to mitigate potential damages. Trained personnel and resources were promptly deployed to rescue individuals stranded in floodwaters, ensuring their timely evacuation to relief camps. An immediate relief fund of ₹500 crore was disbursed, and the government’s prompt intervention was instrumental in minimizing loss of life and property.

The Chief Minister emphasized the government’s commitment to supporting families impacted by the rain-related incidents, promising assistance through the Gruha Lakshmi scheme to rebuild damaged houses. In addition, efforts were underway to assess crop damages, following which appropriate measures would be formulated based on the assessment report.

The unexpected rainfall substantially bridged the rainfall deficit experienced in June and July, leading to reservoirs reaching their maximum capacity. With agricultural activities in mind, the government projected paddy cultivation across 64.54 lakh acres in the upcoming season. Steps had been meticulously taken to ensure the availability of requisite seeds and fertilizers. Chief Minister Rao reaffirmed the government’s unwavering commitment to assist farmers adversely affected by this calamity, underscoring the importance of their welfare.

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