Telangana: Revanth Reddy invites all MLAs to visit Medigadda barrage to inspect damage

Following reports of irregularities and faults in the construction of the Medigadda barrage, Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy on Tuesday invited all the state legislators to visit the site and understand the reasons behind the sinking of the structure’s piers.

A group of legislators departed from the Telangana Assembly on Tuesday led by Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and several others for the Medigadda barrage site.

Medigadda barrage is part of the mega Kaleshwaram irrigation project on the river Godavari. The Kaleshwaram project was touted as the world’s largest multi-stage lift irrigation project.

Reddy said that he was ready to arrange a chopper for Leader of Opposition K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) to enable him to visit the site.

Following the Medigadda barrage’s pillars caving-in on October 21 last year, the Union Jal Shakti ministry and the National Dam Safety Authority (NDSA) gave their report following their recent visit, which found fault in the laying of foundation by the then KCR-led Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) government.

The damage to the Medigadda barrage was also a major issue during last year’s Telangana assembly polls.

Meanwhile, commenting on Reddy’s visit, BJP Leader and former Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay said the Congress should “stop doing time pass” on the pretext of visiting the Medigadda barrage site.

“If you have guts, arrest KCR and seize the assets of his family for corruption in Kaleshwaram,” he said.

Retorting to Reddy’s call over the barrage visit, KCR said he and BRS leaders would visit the site after the assembly session and “expose” the Congress government.

(with inputs from PTI)

Published By:

Prateek Chakraborty

Published On:

Feb 14, 2024

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