The Telangana government's prestigious initiative Rs 23,000-crore `Mission Kakatiya' is all set to be officially launched on Jan 25. Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is keen on inviting Union Minister for Water Resoruces Uma Bharathi for its launch at Warangal. This ambitious Mission is intended to clean up almost all tanks in the state, so that to improve water resources dramatically during next four years.
As part of the project, about 150 tenders would be finalised soon and works pertaining to as many tanks are ready to take off. The government has already given sanctions to about 500 proposals and soon 1,300 more proposals would be cleared.
Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao went to Delhi to invite Uma Bharati for the launch of the programme. She had earlier offered to unveil the pylon of the project at Warangal.
Officials point out that about Rs 10,000 crore would come from the Centre, while the rest could be mobilised from external sources.
According to official sources, the State government had approached the Centre for sanction of Rs 2,500 crore towards renovation, restoration and repair of minor irrigation sources. Works pertaining to major tanks would be taken up with the help of this programme. The official said that NABARD had agreed to provide Rs 1,000 crore for this Mission.
The government is proposing to seek about Rs 2,500 crore from the Japan International Bank of Cooperation (JICA) and the World Bank would be approached for Rs 2,500 crores assistance. Officials are planning to seek the support of the corporate sector as well.
In this context, representatives of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI) met Minister Harish Rao and promised to adopt some lakes. The cost of improving each tank was estimated at Rs 50 lakh and it would be Rs 80 lakh in the case of major tanks, above 100 acres of area.
Several IT companies would be approached to adopt tanks in around Hyderabad. Irrigation Department officials said that the government had already sanctioned Rs 2,000 crore in this year's budget and they are hopeful of getting another Rs 8,000 crore over the next four years.