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KCR promises to scrap GO 111 on catchment areas

KCR promises to scrap GO 111 on catchment areas

Addressing a public meeting at Chevella, he said that GO 111 was redundant as the two reservoirs on the city’s outskirts were no longer sources of drinking water for the people of Hyderabad.

In an announcement that would bring cheer to farmers on the city’s peripheries, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday promised ryots in the catchment areas of Osmansagar and Himayatsagar that the Government Order (GO) No 111 of 1996 will be scrapped once the TRS comes to power again.

Addressing a public meeting at Chevella, he said that GO 111 was redundant as the two reservoirs on the city’s outskirts were no longer sources of drinking water for the people of Hyderabad. “The city is getting water from both Godavari and Krishna rivers,” he said.

The GO prohibits industries, major hotels, residential colonies and other establishments that generate pollution in the catchment areas of Himayatsagar and Osmansagar, extending up to 10 km from the Full Tank Level (FTL) of the water bodies. The Chef Minister said farmers in the area will get good price for their lands once the GO is scrapped. Chandrashekhar Rao, in the same breath, cautioned the farmers not to dispose of the lands in their possession.

He said he will come out with a new GO after scrapping the existing one after the December 7 elections, and sit with the people from the constituency to address their problems.

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Power companies should adapt to changes: KTR The public sector power companies must compete with their private counterparts in power supply.

Hyderabad: Power generation, transmission and distribution companies must adapt to changing times and use latest technology including smart meters to conserve energy as well as ensure uninterrupted quality power to consumers in the State, said TRS working president and Sircilla MLA KT Rama Rao. He said the public sector power companies must compete with their private counterparts in power supply.

Releasing the diary of Telangana Electricity Engineers Association (TEEA) on the occasion of 12th formation day celebrations near Mint Compound on Monday evening, Rama Rao said the State had registered 13% growth rate in industrial development and secured top position in the country. He attributed the achievement to the hard work of electricity department employees who cooperated with the State government in realising uninterrupted power supply. He recalled that uninterrupted power supply played a crucial role in TRS retaining power in the State
“Today, electricity is one of most essential commodities. The TRS government was able to overcome a severe power crisis and implement uninterrupted supply of power in the State. Telangana is the only State to provide uninterrupted and free power to agriculture sector,” he said.

Rama Rao stated that the power sector will be facing new challenges in future due to increasing consumption. He emphasised the need for electricity department employees to be prepared as the Chief Minister’s dream projects like Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme that require power supply were nearing completion.

He said TSGenco and TSTransco chairman and managing director D Prabhakar Rao was an experienced person to deal with these issues and urged the employees to extend complete cooperation. He stated that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was aware of the issues plaguing the electricity employees and he will make efforts for their speedy redressal.
MLA V Srinivas Goud, TEEA president Shivaji and others also spoke on the occasion.

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Mega concrete pour at Medigadda

The Kaleshwaram Project Chief Engineer N Venkateswarlu informed Telangana Today that 90,055 cubic metres of Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) was laid on the Medigadda barrage spill way and its piers.

The mega concrete pour at Medigadda barrage of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS), which turned out to be a continuing saga, has set an all time record. Commenced at 8 am on December 22, the men and machines that have been engaged in exercise continued to work in shifts. The Kaleshwaram Project Chief Engineer N Venkateswarlu informed Telangana Today that 90,055 cubic metres of Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) was laid on the Medigadda barrage spill way and its piers. One more day of work would take it to one lakh cubic metres, which is a record in itself.

He said 16,722 cubic metres of concrete pour was done on the first day. On an average, about 7,000-8,000 cubic metres of concrete pour was being done every day. He explained that over lakh cubic metres of concrete pour was yet to be done on the barrage, one of the six important works need to be completed by March 2019 to commission the project for giving water to the ayacut from next kharif. As desired by the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao implementation of the project works has been put on fast track. Undeterred by the cold wave sweeping across the State, men and machines have been carrying out their work even under flood lights.

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Expedite work on Kaleshwaram: KCR KCR for supply of Godavari water for irrigation from June and lifting of water to Mid Manair dam from next monsoon

Hyderabad/Karimnagar: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday directed Irrigation Department officials to expedite construction works of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) and complete the Medigadda barrage by the end of March. He wanted supply of Godavari water for irrigation from June under any circumstances and lifting of water to Mid Manair dam from next monsoon.

The Chief Minister was keen on completing the coffer dam works in Godavari River and conduct of trial runs in April. He instructed officials to take up civil, electrical and mechanical works concurrently in all the project sites round-the-clock to meet the deadlines.

On his first field visit after taking charge as the Chief Minister for a second consecutive term, Chandrashekhar Rao visited the project site and examined the ongoing works at Medigadda barrage, Kannepalli pumphouse and Annaram barrage under KLIS in Jayashankar Bhupalpalli and Peddapalli districts on Tuesday. He will stay overnight at his residence in Theegalaguttapalli on Karimnagar outskirts and will resume the field visit on Wednesday and inspect progress of Sundilla barrage and other works.

Aerial survey
As part of the field trip, the Chief Minister went to Medigadda barrage construction site where he conducted an aerial survey in the helicopter before landing. He inquired about the progress of the main barrage, setting up of gates and other works. Of the 85 gates, 12 were already fixed and the remaining gates were in various stages of implementation, the engineers informed the Chief Minister. Kaleshwaram project Chief Engineer N Venkateshwarlu and representatives of construction agencies explained the progress of works through a photo exhibition on the occasion.

Chandrashekhar Rao reminded that people of Telangana, particularly farmers, were waiting for completion of Kaleshwaram project with bated breath, and the officials need to speed up the works on a war-footing to fulfil the aspirations of the people. “All the works must be completed by March 31. Trials runs should be conducted during April and May, besides addressing pending issues during the period. The project should be operational from June under any circumstance,” he said. He reiterated that there was no dearth of funds for the project and asked them not to compromise with regard to project safety and completion within the stipulated time.

Civil works
The Chief Minister instructed the authorities to take up civil works, including construction of pumphouses and fixing of motors simultaneously. He asked them to complete the earth works and revetment walls up to the full reservoir level. He also examined the operation of the gates at Medigadda barrage and directed the officials to complete the raft foundation work of the barrage by this month end. The contract agency officials were instructed to take up concrete works of at least 10,000 cu.m per day.

Later, Chandrashekhar Rao inspected the forebay and head regulator works at Kannepalli pumphouse. He suggested that the 11 pumps should be fixed by March end, to facilitate trial runs at Kannepalli. The officials informed him that the motor pumps had reached Chennai port and were being transported by road to the project site. He also called up TSTransco Chairman and Managing Director D Prabhakar Rao over telephone and directed him to complete the sub-station works to ensure adequate power supply to the pumphouses. He also inspected the works at Annarage barrage.

Chief Secretary SK Joshi, DGP Mahender Reddy, Government Whip Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, MLAs Vemula Prashanth Reddy, N Diwakar Rao, Gandra Venkatramana Reddy, D Sridhar Babu, Seethakka, Telangana State Mineral Development Corporation Chairman and CM’s political secretary Seri Subhash Reddy, Government Advisor G Vivek, Engineer-in-Chief Muralidhar Rao and others accompanied the Chief Minister.

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Salarjung pedestrian bridge design gets nod

The estimated cost of the structure is expected to be around Rs 231.5 crore

The plans to construct a new pedestrian bridge across River Musi opposite the Salar Jung Museum is gathering steam with Chief Secretary SK Joshi approving the architectural drawings of the structure to be constructed at a cost of Rs 231.5 crore.

The plans also include construction of a multilevel car parking at the Quli Qutb Shah Complex. Ever since the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) launched the Charminar Pedestrianisation Project (CPP), there has been a demand for an additional bridge across River Musi to accommodate hawkers and petty vendors.

At present, the displaced workers have been provided space at the bus depot for conducting their business. The State government had instructed officials to ensure that the livelihood of hawkers and petty vendors was not affected due to CPP works and wanted them to come up with a plan of action.

Accordingly, the officials on Monday submitted architectural drawings of the proposed pedestrian bridge during the 5th Board Meeting of the Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited held under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary here.

The proposed construction of the additional bridge across River Musi is being planned to accommodate fruit vendors between Nayapul and its adjoining bridge.

During the meeting, the consultants submitted the revised layouts, architectural plan and detailed project report, which were placed before the Board of Directors for approval. After the meeting, officials were given the nod to invite tenders for executing the project on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode.

Municipal Administration and Urban Development Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar, HRDCL Chief Engineer Mohan Naik and other senior officials attended the meeting, according to a press release.