Telangana: BRS leaders leave for Medigadda to ‘inform truth to public’

Hyderabad Desk

Hyderabad: Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leaders, including KTR, left for the Kaleshwaram project site to visit the Medigadda Barrage in special buses on Friday, March 1.

The visit by BRS legislatures is to address concerns regarding the delay in restoration work and alleged conspiracies by the Congress government.

The visit aimed to explain the benefits of the Kaleshwaram project and highlight issues related to Medigadda Barrage. 

Accompanied by MLAs, MLCs, and key leaders, over 200 party members are participating in this visit to Medigadda and Annaram barrages. 

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“This Chalo Medigadda trip is to inform the truth to the public, enlighten the govt on the hardships being faced by farmers, said BRS working president KT Rama Rao. He further added that the barrage will wash away if it is not fixed before monsoon.

KTR has alleged a conspiracy by the Congress government stating that they want all three barrages to fail and ultimately blame KCR.

“Medigadda barrage can be repaired in 2 months, if a coffer dam is built around the three piers that have cracked. Take whatever action you want, but prioritise repairs,” KTR had earlier stated.

He further added that small damage is been magnified for political mileage. “Give farmers’ needs a top priority. We demand to build a coffer dam. At least start one pump if not all pumps.”

The initiative which was aimed at addressing the state’s water needs and enhancing agricultural productivity, garnered attention for its scale and innovative approach to water management. However, the project faced flak after three of its barrages reported cracks and damages within months of its launch.

The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project in Telangana faces intense criticism and controversy due to alleged engineering lapses and corruption accusations. The project aimed to provide water for irrigation and drinking purposes across nearly half of the state’s districts.

Six piers of the Medigadda barrage within the Kaleshwaram project sank into the ground on October 21, prompting concerns about the structure’s stability and safety.

CAG report on Kaleshwaram

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report that was tabled in the state Assembly this month stated that the multi-purpose Lift Irrigation Project on the Godavari River in Telangana’s Kaleshwaram of the previous BRS in Telangana is “economically unviable.”

The cost of the project is now likely to exceed Rs 1.4 lakh crore (Rs 1,47,427.41 crore) as against the cost of Rs 81,911.01 crore projected to the Central Water Commission (CWC), the CAG report stated.

The absence of a comprehensive plan duly spelling out the sources of funds for a project of this scale will have a long-term impact on the finances of the State, and is an indication of improper planning, the CAG report stated.

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