Khammam: Dummugudem project to be renamed as Srirama irrigation project

Telangana cabinet on Sunday approved redesigning of Dummugudem lift irrigation project in Khammam with Rs 7,900 crore

Hyderabad: The TS Cabinet on Sunday approved redesigning of Dummugudem lift irrigation project in Khammam with Rs 7,900 crore and renamed it as “Srirama irrigation project” in the name of Lord Rama in Bhadrachalam of Khammam district.

The government decided to rename the project to avoid political controversy since some parties were demanding that it be given the name of former PMs Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

Congress MLC Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy recently wrote to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao urging him to rechristen the project as Indira-Rajiv Sagar project as they had served the country and sacrificed their lives for the unity and integrity of the nation.

Briefing the media on the decision, ministers T. Harish Rao and T. Nageshwar Rao said the redesign would pave way for irrigation of five lakh acres in Khammam.

Mr Nageswara Rao said there was no need for the TS government to take any approvals from any agency for redesigning the project since the state will utilise its legitimate share of 50 TMC of Godavari water for the project.

Cabinet has a pat for KTR’s skills
The TS Telangana Cabinet which met here on Sunday for over three hours is learnt to have appreciated and praised unanimously IT minister K.T. Rama Rao, for leading TRS to a stupendous victory in the recent GHMC elections with his meticulous and strategic poll management and campaigning.

City ministers Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Mohd. Mahmood Ali, Nayani Narasimha Reddy and T. Padma Rao Goud are said to have taken up GHMC elections issue in the meeting and were all praises for Mr Rama Rao, who managed party’s campaign single-handedly, brought all leaders and activists on one platform and scripted a historic win for TRS.

They showered praises on his leadership skills saying that Mr Rama Rao successfully convi-nced over 600 rebel candidates to withdraw their nominations within two days, which played a key role in the TRS’ historic victory.

At this point, all the ministers, including Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, are said to have given Mr Rama Rao a thunderous applause.

The CM said that it was for this reason he has handed over the portfolio of municipal administration being held by him to his son.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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