Hyderabad: Drinking water supply will be a priority with regard to the usage of water resources in Telangana. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has directed the officials to maintain minimum draw down levels (MDDL) in all projects and reservoirs to ensure that the problem of drinking water does not arise in the State.
Reviewing the progress of Mission Bhagiratha and drinking water supply in the State here on Monday, Chandrashekhar Rao pointed out that Mission Bhagirathawas a prestigious project for the State government and once drinking water supply commences to every household, it cannot be stopped under any circumstances. “To ensure that we succeed, we should maintain MDDL in all reservoirs and projects in the State,” he said.
As per instructions of the Chief Minister, around 30 resource points have been identified under Mission Bhagiratha to supply drinking water. The officials will shortly prepare a report with estimates on annual supply from each resource point and store required water along with an additional 25 per cent water in these resource points. “Operational rules of each project and reservoir should comprise these drinking water supply estimates and water should be released accordingly. Necessary orders should be released immediately where officials from both Irrigation Department and Mission Bhagiratha should work in coordination with each other in this regard,” Chandrashekhar Rao suggested.
In addition to the existing projects, the State government is completing several pending projects where about 10 per cent water has been reserved for drinking water purposes to ensure uninterrupted supply under Mission Bhagiratha. Existing resources like Sriram Sagar Project and Nagarjuna Sagar will be major resource points under Mission Bhagiratha until projects like Kaleswaram and other projects under construction are completed.
The Chief Minister has suggested the officials to prepare a temporary plan for optimal usage of existing water resource points, while a permanent plan will be drafted after completion of projects like Kaleswaram, Palamuru, Sitaram and other projects. “Drinking water from rivers should reach every household in villages by this year end. The first phase of works should be completed without any compromises. Special officers should be appointed for coordination between Mission Bhagiratha and irrigation departments,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chandrashekhar Rao wanted the Forest Department officials to take up plantation of herbal plants in the forest area of Vikarabad as part of the rejuvenation of forests under the third phase of Haritha Haram programme. He recalled that the Vikarabad forest area was popular for herbal plants during the Nizam era and hence, a TB hospital was established in the area. He suggested that these forests could be developed into a major tourist attraction after increasing forest cover. The officials informed that of about 40 crore saplings obtained for plantation, about 29 crore had been already planted. Another 10 crore saplings will be planted before September 30. Tree and sapling plantation will be taken up along Outer Ring Road of Hyderabad on a large scale.
The Chief Minister also instructed officials to ready mobile veterinary hospitals which will be launched shortly to provide medical care to all cattle. He has also inquired about preparations for distribution of Bathukamma sarees to women. He instructed the district collectors to supervise distribution of sarees and ensure that all eligible women receive them. Sarees will be distributed from September 18 to September 20.
Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary SP Singh, Special Chief Secretary for Irrigation SK Joshi, and other senior officials attended the meeting.