Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday said he would soon make an announcement that would bring happy tidings in a big way to the farming community in the State, something that would be unparalleled anywhere in the country.

“I will be making some major announcements for the farmers in the State very soon. The finances have already been worked out, and this will be an unprecedented move that has never been attempted by any other State in the country,” he said, and asked the ryots to bear with the suspense for a week.

Addressing the media after inaugurating the Kondapochamma Sagar project, the Chief Minister said people of the State should take pride in the fact that Telangana, from being a barren region before 2014, had reached a stage now where the net worth of its agriculture production would be a staggering Rs 1 lakh crore per annum. “This is no mean achievement since all this was achieved in a short span of 6 years which no other State can boast of, and we can rightfully say we have achieved Bangaru Telangana now” he said.

The Chief Minister said the bold decision of taking up the multi-stage Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) had yielded 165 TMC capacity of water in reservoirs and barrages, and the government would soon complete the 35 TMC Sitarama project at Dummugudem and 7.5 TMC Sammakka Sagar. He also assured the farmers of Narayankhed and Zaheerabad area that the government was determined to make Manjeera and Haldivagu come alive with Godavari water. He said 15 check dams have been built under the command area of Manjeera.

“Telangana which was treated like an orphan and described by poets as a ‘State of sorrow that has rivers passing through it but no water was available for the parched lands,’ has now transformed into a Golden Telangana. I am proud as I am the only leader in this world to be alive to see the State I freed from shackles, free and prospering now,” he said.

He said Telangana had also attained political maturity evident from the way KLIS was achieved by convincing the neighbouring States and also inviting the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh for the inauguration of KLIS.

The Chief Minister, explaining the magnitude of the work that went into the construction of KLIS, said the project requires a massive 4,800 MW of power to run all the motors to pump the water. Totally, 521 km of electrical lines have been laid to supply the necessary power to run the pump houses.

“KLIS is an engineering marvel that lifts water from 88 meters level to 618 meters by the time it reaches Kondapochamma Sagar. I salute the Telangana engineers for achieving this in record time of three years,” he said, adding that the project also helped Telangana improve its ground water level and was bound to improve its biodiversity by increasing grazing lands and helping wildlife to grow.

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