Heavy rains and floods exposed the faults of Kaleswaram. For a long period of time, the government extensively promoted this project as the most idealistic one that taught directions to the rivers of India. But the same project is bringing down everything and embarrassed KCR and his regime. On the one hand, while there is a debate on the sinking of the pump houses and the corruption of Kaleswaram, on the other hand, KCR’s comments calling the floods cloud burst, and then brought a new argument that Bhadrachalam was submerged due to Polavaram is a big drama, the opposition leaders say. At such a time Rajat Kumar, Special Chief Secretary of the Water and Drainage Department, came to the fore.
Rajat Kumar also sang the Polavaram song sung by the TRS leaders. He said that raising the height will submerge one lakh acres. He also said that there will be a threat to the historical areas as Bhadrachalam and Parnashala will be submerged. “The Telangana government remained silent till the final stage of the Polavaram project, has it opened its eyes now?” Rajat Kumar responded to the criticism of the Congress leaders.
He said that the Center was asked to study the damage caused by Polavaram backwater and other issues, but it did not respond. Criticizing the authorities for not being prepared to deal with rains and floods, he expressed impatience. Responding to the repairs of the sunken Kaleswaram pump house, he explained that Rs.300 crores would not be spent as advertised. It has been clarified that the repair will not exceed Rs.20 crores.
Rajat Kumar said that those who built the project will bear the repair cost. He said that the pump houses will be running again before September and power has been restored now. It has been revealed that the rain that has never fallen in a hundred years has fallen in four mandals of the Adilabad and Nirmal districts. It was revealed that the Kadem project has been repaired recently and there is no danger. He explained that the heavy rains are due to climate change and cloud burst is not a technical term. Criticisms are being heard that the government is trying to cover up the shortcomings of Kaleswaram.