Funds flow for Mission Kakatiya
Mission Kakatiya, the prestigious flagship programme of the Telangana government, has received Rs 500 crore from various funding agencies this financial year. It has also firmed up funding of another Rs 600 crore from the Centre, keeping the flow of funds to the project uninterrupted.
Envisaged with an annual expenditure of Rs 2,600 crores every year, the mission is meant to renovate all the 46,000 tanks all over the State in five years. In the first phase of the mission ending March, 2016, over 8,000 tanks would be renovated.
According to official sources, Union Water Resources Ministry has promised Rs 600 crore under Rehabilitation, Renovation and Repair (RRR) programme for the Mission Kakatiya. Central Water Resources Minister Uma Bharathi instructed her department officials to release the funds at the earliest.
Already, it has sanctioned Rs 125 crores under RRR and the proposals for the release of more funds are pending with the regional offices of WR ministry. Irrigation department’s officer on special duty Sridhar Deshpande told Metro India that they were pursuing the Centre to provide remaining funds at the earliest.
Apart from the Centre, NABARD has promised to provide Rs 500 crore to the programme. This would take the overall funds availability to Rs 1,600 crores in this financial year. The Irrigation department is endeavoring to secure funds from other agencies and the state government to fill the gap of Rs 1,000 crores.
Mission Kakatiya has been taken up by the State, under the leadership of Major Irrigation minister T Harish Rao to bring life to the tank irrigation system in the state, existing for centuries. It has been estimated that all the tanks in Krishna and Godavari basins would be able to store about 60 tmc of water from the rains to provide irrigation to the agriculture fields, recharge the bore wells and to serve other needs.
The chain tanks system would ensure flow of water from one tank to the other in filling the tanks located in the villages. Since the tanks are the lifeline of Telangana economy and culture, state government has taken up this ambitious project with the spirit of Telangana movement.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao directed the officials of all the departments to take part in Mission Kakatiya to make it a success. With the efforts of the Irrigation department officials, flow of funds to the project was continuous ever since it has been launched last year.
They have tapped all the funding resources available with the state, Centre and other funding agencies in India and abroad engaged in providing financial assistance under rural development programmes.