Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched phase-1 of a flagship project of Telangana government called ‘Mission Bhagiratha‘, which is aimed at providing piped drinking water to every household in the state.
Objective : To provide 100 liters of clean drinking water per person in rural households and 150 liters per person in urban households. This project aims to provide water to about 25000 rural habitations and 67 urban habitations.
- Chief Minister K Chandraskhar Rao named this Water Grid scheme which is meant for providing safe drinking water to every households in the rural areas with an estimated cost of Rs 35,000 crore as “Mission Bhagiratha”. It is an extensive 1.26 lakh km stretch of pipelines would be laid to quench the thirst of Telangana towns and villages apart from providing water for the people needs.
- This Water Grid would depend on water resources available in Krishna & Godavari – two perennial rivers flowing through the state. A total of 34 TMC of water from Godavari River and 21.5 TMC from Krishna River would be utilized for the water grid. Plans are to use water from Srisailam, Sriram Sagar Project, Komuram Bheem Project, Paleru Reservoir, Jurala Dam, Nizam Sagar Project.
- This scientifically designed project intends to use the natural gradient wherever possible and pump water where necessary and supply water through pipelines. The state-level grid will comprise of a total of 26 internal grids.
- The main trunk pipelines of this project would run about 5000 KM, and the secondary pipelines running a length of about 50000 KM would be used to fill service tanks in habitations. From here the village-level pipeline network of about 75,000 KM would be used to provide clean drinking water to households.
- The state government will be using latest technology for the proposed Water Grid project. Advanced Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology would be utilized for a detailed survey of the Water Grid. Lightweight aircrafts will be engaged for aerial survey.
- The state government intends to adopt international standards in execution of this project. To improve coordination and optimize resources, the government would follow a turn-key model where the organizations executing the project would be responsible for its maintenance too.
- Modi unveiled a plaque in Medak district’s Komatibanda village under K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Gajwel constituency and formally turned on a water tap on the premises to mark the inaugurating ceremony.
Mr. Narendra Modi also laid the foundation stone for the following development projects,
- 152-km Manoharabad- Kothapalli new railway line which connects Hyderabad and Karimnagar,
- NTPC’s Telangana Super Thermal Power Project Stage-1 (2×800 MW), Ramagundam,
- Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences, Warangal and
- Revival of Ramagundam fertiliser plant in Karimnagar district.
- Singareni Thermal Power Project (2X600 MW) at Jaipur in Adilabad district.
It is noted that on his maid visit to Telegana after partition, Prime Minister appreciated the State Government for the steps taken over the last two years to fulfill the aspirations of the people.
- Telangana is one of the 29 states in India.
- Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan
- Chief Minister: Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (TRS)