HYDERABAD, FEBRUARY 12, 2024: Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy along with Deputy Chief Minister Batti Vikramarka and his cabinet colleagues and legislators and MLCs would be visiting Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) at Medigadda and inspects the flaws in the execution of the project on Tuesday.
The CM, Deputy CM and others would attend the Assembly session at 10 am and later they would proceed to Medigadda in special buses from the Assembly at 10.15 am. They would reach the Kaleshwaram project at around 3 pm. They would spend about two hours inspecting the damages caused to the project due to unscientific execution of the project by the BRS government and siphoning of the public exchequer to the tune of crores of rupees.
There would be power presentation about the flaws on the execution of the so-called World’s largest lift irrigation project at the project site. Later, the CM and others would return to Hyderabad.
It may be recalled that the project’s pillars have caved in on October 21 evening, the National Dam Safety Authority committee visited the barrage site on October 23 and 24 and met with irrigation department officials on October 24. The 43-page study made disparaging observations about the project.
According to the order of the Union Jal Shakti ministry, pillars numbering 15 to 20 of the sixth to eighth blocks of the barrage caved in after pillar number 20 of Block 7 of the barrage had partially sunk. The committee said that data/inputs on only 11 of the 20 aspects were submitted by the Telangana government.
The NDSA six-member expert team that investigated the sinking of piers in Block-7 of Medigadda (Laxmi) barrage of the Kaleshwaram project faulted the project’s planning and design in its report, stating that the damage was caused by a combination of issues involving planning, design, quality control, and operation and maintenance.