KCR reviews progress of Mission Bhagiratha

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has instructed the officials to complete Mission Bhagiratha work of supplying safe water to all rural households within the stipulated time and warned that the government will not hesitate to cancel the contract of work agencies if they fail to meet the deadline.

He held a high-level meeting to review the progress of Mission Bhagiratha here on Saturday.

Along with the works to supply drinking water to villages, internal works within villages should be taken up simultaneously, he said. Expressing his discontent that in some areas the work on overhead service reservoirs was progressing at a slow pace, he asked officials to monitor the timelines of these works. There was no need to stop the internal pipeline works in the habitations on the pretext that the overhead service reservoirs were not ready, he said.

The Mission Bhagiratha officers should take Kaleswaram project as inspiration where engineers and staff were racing against the time to complete the project.

Reminding the officials that he had given his word in the Assembly that protected drinking water would be supplied daily to 25,000 habitations by next elections, Mr. Rao said the speed in the execution of works should be increased. So far drinking water was being supplied to over 12,000 habitations and the remaining villages should be covered by August-end. If required additional teams should be deployed to work in three shifts, he said.

Mission Bhagiratha is a mega project and it would be natural that some errors creep into the project of such a magnitude but they should be addressed immediately to take the work forward, he advised and said government officers and engineers should also supervise the works without leaving it on the contractors. There should be no compromise on quality and required staff be appointed in the electricity sub-stations set up under the Mission Bhagiratha.

The meeting was attended by Mission Bhagiratha Vice-Chairman V. Prashanth Reddy, Chief Advisor to government Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi and senior officers.

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