Mission Kakatiya: Farmers lift silt, help Telangana govt save Rs 400 crore

The expenditure for reviving tanks in the first phase ranged from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 2 crore
Hyderabad: The first phase of Mission Kakatiya will be completed by March next. Desilting and other works in 2,000 of the 7,600 tanks taken up in the first phase has been fully completed, while it was 70 per cent completed in 4,500 tanks, and is in various stages of completion in the remaining tanks.
Irrigation minister T. Harish Rao said that the first phase would be completed by March 31, 2016 at any cost.
The total expenditure will be around Rs 1,600 crore (agreement value).
“The government gave administrative sanction for 8,200 tanks, but we began work on 7,600 tanks. Some tanks could not be taken up for various reasons, including legal cases,” Sridhar Deshpande, OSD to the irrigation minister told this newspaper.
Mr Rao organised a two-day workshop with engineers and others connected with Mission Kakatiya and asked them to complete the works as per the deadline.
“Though the government sanctioned Rs 2,600 crore for the first phase, the agreement value came to Rs 1,600 crore since many contractors filed tenders for less,” he said, “The progress so far is solely due to people from all walks of life, especially farmers, extending full cooperation,” he said. “The farmers lifted silt which saved government Rs 400 crore,” the minister said.
( Source : deccan chronicle )
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