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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao criticised the previous governments on sheer negligence of the irrigation projects in the Telangana region. He was inaugurating a Rs 2,000-crore project that seeks to revive the Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) here at Pochampad on Thursday.

The Chief Minister while addressing a public meeting after the inauguration of the Project said that the Project, which has been a lifeline for the farming community in several districts of the state, has been neglected over the years leading to silting which has brought down its storage capacity.

The Project would get water from the Pranahitha river, which joins the Godavari, will be diverted at Medigadda and pumped into the Sriram Sagar project. Under the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, from Medigadda, water will be diverted to Yellampally SRSP flood canals and Mid Manair and Lower Manair.

Chandrashekar Rao said that the river Godavari travels a distance of 200 km through the state and set a target of 70TMC water to be retained in the Project throughout the year which will enable the government to provide water for both the crops.

He assured that canals will be converted into reservoirs. The flow capacity of all canals will be increased. The project aims at ensuring that water flows continuously and throughout the year in the canals of SRSP.



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