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Oh Dam! YSRTP seeks investigation into Kaleshwaram irrigation project ahead of Prime Minister’s visit to Telangana

Prior to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Ramagundam in Telangana, YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) leader YS Sharmila, who is in town for her padayatra, wrote to him to request immediate investigation into irregularities in the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP ).

The party has also launched a poster campaign to bring the issue to the Prime Minister’s attention. The posters that read ‘Dear Prime Minister, please respond, where is the action against corruption in Kaleshwaram?’ are plastered over Ramagundam, Godavarikhani and the surrounding villages.

In the letter, Sharmila wrote: “We would like to draw your attention to the fact that KLIP was previously named Ambedkar Pranahitha Chevella Project by my father Dr. YSR; and was planned with an expenditure of only about INR 40000 crore. After Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao came to power in Telangana, his government got the project structure redesigned and renamed KLIP. The TRS government has ridiculously increased the project cost to INR 1.20 lakh crore, with no additional perceived benefits.

Her father, YS Rajasekhara Reddy, was the former CM of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

She alleged that irregularities, favoritism, falsification of accounts and misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs 70,000 crore allegedly took place in this project.


Touted as the largest multi-stage elevator irrigation project in the world, the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is being built on the Godavari River near Kaleshwaram in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district. Various political parties have repeatedly asked questions about the costs and benefits of the project. When Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Hyderabad in September, she said the debt of the Kaleshwaram project was 8.25% to 10.9%, which was an unachievable and unsustainable debt.

The posters are hung. (News18)

In her letter, Sharmila said that the KLIP is really a national scam as the central government PSUs and financial institutions had provided loans amounting to Rs 1 lakh crore. “The most bizarre thing is that despite the fact that KCR and his colleagues know all this, it seems they are going free as no investigation or investigation in this direction is contemplated as of today. Your cabinet colleagues have cried every time they visited Telangana about this massive corruption, but no action has been taken,” she added.

Earlier, the YSRTP chief had met Comptroller and Auditor General Girija Prasad Murmu in New Delhi and filed a complaint on the same matter. When News18 contacted a TRS leader to comment on the matter, he said YSRTP’s activities are anchored by the BJP.

The Prime Minister will visit Ramagundam on Saturday to dedicate the Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals plant to the nation.

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