PM launches Telangana’s drinking water project
The Prime Minister also formally turned a tap to launch the project for supply of drinking water to 243 villages in Gajwel constituency represented by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
Modi, who is on his maiden visit to Telangana, also remotely inaugurated or laid the foundation stone for five projects in different parts of the state.
Under Mission Bhagiratha estimated to cost Rs.42,000 crore, Krishna and Godavari rivers and existing reservoirs will be interlinked to collect, reserve and supply treated drinking water to every household in over 24,000 villages and 65 towns. The project involves laying 1.30 lakh km of pipelines.
Accompanied by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Chief Minister Rao and some central ministers, Modi also went around a photo exhibition on Mission Bhagiratha. He also laid foundation stone for 1,600 MW Telangana Super Thermal Power Project being set up by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) with an investment of Rs 10,500 crore at Ramagundam in Karimnagar district.
Modi also unveiled a plaque to lay foundation stone for revival of Ramagundam Fertilizer Plant. The plant, closed 17 years ago, is being revived at a cost of Rs 5,250 crore. He also laid foundation stone for Kothapally-Manoharabad railway line, connecting Hyderabad and Karimnagar. The work is estimated to cost Rs 1,100 crore.
He also dedicated to nation a 1,200 MW thermal power plant established by Singareni Collieries with an investment of Rs.8,000.
Modi also inaugurated Kaloji Narayanrao University of Health & Sciences in Warangal district.
Addressing a public meeting later, Modi lauded the initiatives taken by Telangana government since the formation of the new state. He hoped that the youngest state will fulfil its dreams.
Union Ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar, Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goel and Bandaru Dattatreya also attended the programme.
The Prime Minister arrived in Hyderabad at 2.20 p.m. After landing at Begumpet Airport, he left for Komatibanda in a helicopter.
Bonhomie between Modi, T’gana CM Rao as both hail each other
In a politically significant statement, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing “corruption-free” governance in the last two years of the NDA rule and termed him as “most popular” leader in the country.
While returning the compliment, Modi, who was on his maiden visit to the youngest state, said the Telangana CM has always been concerned about the development of his state.
Stating that the Central government under Modi’s leadership was running “100 per cent corruption free”, Rao said, “The credit for running the corruption-free government goes to Modi. This will go down in history.”
While welcoming the PM on his home turf, Rao termed him as “Bharat desh ke atyant lokpriya neta (very popular leader in India)”.
The CM represents Gajwel Assembly constituency in the Telangana Assembly.
“We (Telangana State) are getting good cooperation from you (Modi) and also from your ministers,” Rao said while noting that the BJP had also played a role in formation of the state in 2014, when it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh.
To this, Modi said, “Whenever the Chief Minister (Rao) has met me, he has spoken about the state’s development and about water related issues.” He is “emotional” on the water issue and appeared to have taken it as a mission, Modi said. The PM said TRS had solidly backed the GST bill, passed by Rajya Sabha recently. He said the Centre and the states were working shoulder-to-shoulder to take the nation to new heights of progress.
Rao requested Modi to provide one national project (irrigation) to Telangana and also set up AIIMS and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the state.
The Chief Minister also heaped praises on Union Minister of State for Power, Piyush Goyal for helping to improve the power situation in Telangana.