Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao today laid the foundation stones for as many as 13 lift irrigation schemes in Nalgonda district's Nellikallu area.
After arriving in Nellikallu in the afternoon, the CM first performed a special puja before participating in the foundation stone laying program for the projects, including the Nellikallu Lift Irrigation Scheme (LIS), R-9 Barakhatgudem of the Munagala LIS, the Muktyala branch canal LIS, the Janpahad branch canal LIS, and the Balnepalli Chapalathanda canal of the Dameracherla LIS.
As per Banjara traditions, the local Rangunla Banjara temple's priest tied the auspicious “karobar” band on KCR's wrist to mark the occasion.
While there, the CM also examined the maps and plans of the projects, and interacted with the officials associated with them.
The 13 schemes, initiated to benefit the farmers of the Devarakonda, Nagarjuna Sagar, Munugode, Kodada and Huzurnagar constituencies in Nalgonda, will reportedly be constructed at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore.
Later in the day, the CM also addressed a public meeting, his first since the lockdown, at Palem village in Haliya.
State Legislative Council Chairman Gutta Sukender Reddy, Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy, Deputy Chairman Nethi Vidyasagar, Rythu Bandhu State President Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, MLC T Chinnapa Reddy, MPs Badugula Lingaiah Yadav and Ramachandra Naik, district Collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil and Nalgonda Water Resources CE Narasimha were among the officials who attended the ceremony.
The Telangana government has been heavily invested in solving water scarcity issues in both the state's urban and rural regions. In this regard, it recently released a free drinking water scheme
for the residents of the GHMC area in Hyderabad.