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Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme 60% funding from the Central government

Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme 60% funding from the Central government

Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme 60% funding from the Central government, Telangana’s Chief Minister, A. Revanth Reddy, and Irrigation Minister, N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, recently presented a compelling case to the Central government, urging the recognition of national project status for the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS).Telangana Advocates National Project Status for Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme.

Addressing Water Woes in Drought-Prone Districts

The PRLIS aims to address the pressing irrigation needs of 12.3 lakh acres in fluoride-affected and drought-prone districts, including Nagarakurnool, Mahabubnagar, Vikarabad, Narayanpet, Rangarededy, and Nalgonda. Additionally, the project is set to provide drinking water to the Greater Hyderabad area and 1,226 surrounding villages, offering a comprehensive solution to the water scarcity challenges.

In-Principle Approval and Interstate Hurdles

While the Central Water Commission has granted in-principle approval, hurdles related to interstate issues such as hydrology, irrigation planning, and cost estimates await clearance from the apex body. Chief Minister Revanth Reddy and Minister Uttam Kumar Reddy highlighted the project’s pending permissions during their discussions with Union Water Resources Minister Gajendra Singh Shekawat.

Positive Response and Funding Commitments

In response to Telangana’s appeal, Minister Shekawat expressed a positive stance and pledged to consider allocating additional funds for the project. Though clarifying that national project status hasn’t been accorded since 2014, he assured the state of 60% funding from the Central government, recognizing the project’s vital role in addressing the challenges faced by the populace in dependent districts.

Strategic Appeal to Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Chief Minister Revanth Reddy also engaged with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, advocating for additional All India Services officers in Telangana. With a meager allocation of 76 IPS officers at the time of bifurcation, the Chief Minister emphasized the need for 29 more officers, considering district reorganization and the supervision requirements in certain areas. Minister Shah responded positively, assuring an allocation from the IPS batch graduating in 2024.

Broadening Discussions: Metro Rail, Musi River, and More

Expanding the scope of discussions, Chief Minister Revanth Reddy met with Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to deliberate on the second phase of the metro rail and Musi riverfront development. Urging the Centre to consider revised proposals for the second phase, he emphasized the collaborative nature of the project with the State.

Musi River Front as an Employment Hub

Presenting the State’s vision for the Musi riverfront as an employment generation zone, Chief Minister Revanth Reddy sought the Central government’s support for this ambitious project. Highlighting the government’s commitment to providing homes under the Indiramma Houses scheme, he appealed for backing under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

Funding Appeals for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security

In his discussions with the Union Home Ministry, Chief Minister Revanth Reddy sought an additional ₹88 crore for strengthening the Anti Narcotics Bureau and ₹90 crore for the Cyber Security Bureau. These requests underscore Telangana’s commitment to bolstering law enforcement and cybersecurity efforts, seeking collaboration and financial support from the Central government.

In conclusion, Telangana’s leaders are actively pursuing strategic partnerships and national recognition for crucial projects, demonstrating a commitment to addressing the diverse needs of the state’s populace.

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