New Delhi:: The Kaleshwaram undertaking on the Godavari River in Telangana is touted as one of many largest ancestry initiatives for irrigation within the nation. However, it has been marred by controversy lately with allegations of corruption and violation of environmental legal guidelines. Before diving into its controversies, let’s first attempt to perceive the undertaking. The building of the massive-scale carry irrigation undertaking started in 2016 and the undertaking opened in 2019. A carry irrigation system was created to irrigate greater locations utilizing mechanical gear comparable to pumps.
According to the Telangana authorities web site, the undertaking goals to provide a complete of 240 billion cubic toes (TMC). The web site stated: “The project aims to produce a total of 240 TMCs (195 from the Medigadda dam, 20 from the Sripada Yellampalli project and 25 from groundwater), of which 169 have been allocated for irrigation, 30 for water Hyderabad Municipality, 16 for various industrial uses and 10 for drinking water in nearby villages, the rest being estimated evaporation loss.”
The undertaking was constructed with the goal of irrigating 18.26 lakh acres of land in 13 districts. Moreover, it aimed to offer ingesting water to Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Telangana celebration chief YS Sharmila, who’s at the moment protesting the undertaking, claimed that regardless of guarantees made by the KCR-led authorities to offer water to 18 lakh acres, the undertaking didn’t been in a position to provide water even to simply 1.5 lakh acres. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, March 14, she referred to as it “the biggest scam in the country.”
As quoted by ANI, she stated, “India has witnessed many huge scams. I’m right here at present to shed some mild on the largest rip-off within the nation, the Kaleshwaram carry irrigation undertaking rip-off. We will march to Parliament to indicate how essential that is. .” .”
YSRTP chief YS Sharmila holds protest towards Telangana KCR authorities in Delhi
India has seen many huge scams. I’m right here at present to shed some mild on the largest rip-off within the nation, the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project rip-off. We will march to Parliament to indicate how essential it’s… https://t.co/7OPO80v6M0 pic.twitter.com/281rQOS2B0
— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2023
Additionally, the state authorities was criticized for making three main modifications to the costly undertaking, dramatically growing the prices to the state. Sharmila additionally alleged that engines had been purchased and introduced in for the undertaking once they weren’t actually wanted and the undertaking was merely redesigned and modified to get commissions from the contractors.
“The cost of the project has risen from Rs 38,500 crore to Rs 1.20 lakh crore, but yesterday BRS minister claimed that only 1.5 lakh acres of land had been irrigated. This shows that Kaleshwaram is the biggest show flop but it filled the pockets of an entrepreneur and a family,” stated YS Sharmila.