Pranahita-Chevella project to be completed in 4 years: YSR

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Karimnagar, Apr 11 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said the prestigious 'Pranahita-Chevella' irrigation project being taken up on river Godavari at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore, would be completed in four years.

Speaking at a public meeting after inaugurating the laying of pipeline works for the project near Upper Maneru Dam at Gambhiraopet, Dr Reddy said the project would provide water for irrigation to Nalgonda, Medak, Ranga Reddy and Nizamabad districts, covering more than 13.5 lakh acres of agriculture lands.

Stating that 3000 mw power is required to lift the water from the project, he said the required power would also be generated from the new project to supply water from the lift irrigation scheme.

Claiming that his government has implemented all promises made during 2004 elections, the Chief Minister said the government has introduced 'Rs 2 per Kg Rice' on April 9 as it was imperative to provide food security to the poor in the state.

The Rice scheme was not mentioned in the Congress election manifesto in the last election, he said.

Dr Reddy said the demands, including the construction of houses, put before the government by Beedi workers would be solved at the earliest. The government was committed to provide houses to all poor by transforming the state into a destination of 'thatched roof-free house' in future.

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