Hyderabad: Finance Minister T. Harish Rao has said that the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIS) pumping stations that were submerged during the recent Godavari floods will be restored by the end of October.
Taking part in a brief discussion in the Legislative Council, Harish Rao lambasted opposition parties for trying to project the natural calamity as human error and a failure of the TRS government.
He said the KLIS had 21 pumping stations of which two, at Medigadda and Annaram, which were adjacent to the Godavari, were submerged.
“The opposition parties project it as if the whole Kaleshwaram project has been submerged. When a natural calamity of this magnitude occurs, it is humanly impossible to prevent it,” he said.
He said the contracting agency had started the works and that the Annaram pumping station would be restored within a fortnight and the Medigadda pumping station by the end of October.
The government would incur no financial burden. The contracting agency would bear the cost as per the agreement, Harish Rao said.
He responded to those who said that KLIS had failed to provide irrigation water and asked how Telangana could become the top rice producer if that was the case.