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Telangana @ 3


Further to my Last year Post  Two Years of the TRS rule in Telangana  Today Telangana is @ 3 and time to again review its Progress on all the three main factors for which the state came into existence

1.            Neellu (Water)

Thanks the Rain Gods pouring rain towards the end of last season and the significant progress achieved in two years under Mission Kakatiya for revitalizing over 14,000 water tanks the life lines of Telangana  villages and completion of pending LIFT irrigation projects and Sri Pada Yellampally Reservoir aided with optimal utilization of waters and re-scheduling the season and completion of Power Projects and Power Grid Connection enabled the State having unprecedented readiness to make most of the resources by providing water from reservoirs and tanks, power for pumpsets, fertilisers and seeds supply in time and at the villages the result is millions of farmers and agriculture dependent families in Telangana state are seeing the fruits that can be seen in just Paddy crop alone where

State Authorities plan to purchase a record 37 lakh MT of paddy as against 8.42 lakh MT in 2015-16, a four-fold increase.

I believe “water is life line” there is no Bigger tool in the hands of any state or central government for providing inclusive growth and reducing the rural poverty than providing Water for Drinking and Irrigation.

Mission Bhageeratha to deliver potable tap water to every household has been completed in one constituency and was inaugurated by honorable PM in Aug 2016 and is now racing to completion and is particularly targeting the florosis affected areas.

Wish the Government to reach its Goal to deliver potable water to every household.

CM KCR Gran Re-engineering of Kaleshwaram Project now has ECR (Environment Clearance) from Center and the New State Land Acquisition Act to expedite the land acquisition for the projects by paying higher compensation to the lan owners and affected has been notified by President of India.  Government has been receptive to the ideas to make finer improvements to the Grand Project that I believe will become Role Model for the Arid World not Just in India as to how to Drive Poverty out of Arid Regions by Lifting and Linking Surplus Rivers with the water deficit irrigatable lands in the Arid and Semi arid parts of the world.

I am particularly happy to see project is not extended from Mallanna Sagar till Singur to leverage the 29 TMC existing Reservoir and also the Reverse flow by adding 4 Minor Lifts to the SRSP flood flow canal to Send Water from Mid Maner to the SRSP when we have enough water in Kaleshwaram but no inflows into SRSP from Maharashtra as is the experiene in almost 2 out of every 3 years in the recent past.

But for the incident of Mid Maner washout in the unprecedented flash floods on Maner river, this year has been a Dream Run for the Rural Telangana in the last 6 months and I believe the best of Telangana State under leadership of CM KCR Garu is yet to come.

2.            Nidhulu (Resources)

Finally the Center has done what it should have done long back, it stood by the letter and spirit of federal structure in any state re-organizaion immovable assets belong to the state where they exist, while good 3 years time was kind of wasted, injustice attempted by the neighboring state was prevented just before the deadline of 3 years was ending.

More importantly Telangana state witnessing the highest growth of state own revenues which despite the demonitization effect grown over 17% which is highest among all states in India.

State has been channelling its resources to its priority sectors of Irrigation and Drinking Water and unprecedented Social Welfare Schemes for the first three years

So many schemes being planned and implemented meticulously at past pace, I believe “Telangana Intensive Household Survey” has given the accurate data to the Government hence both planning and execution are happening quite smoothly

3.            Niyamakalu ( Jobs )

There are some steps taken in this most delayed and most agitating part among people of the state, particularly the youth, for good or bad have expected to become government employees soon after the statehood is achieved.

Good Part is Govt is not rushing into blind recruitment without establishing the requirements and procedures the bad part is the time its taking is bit too much.

While neither Telangana nor any state can afford to provide only state government jobs to the youth, hope state comes out with clear explanation and plan even if it does not satisfy fully the youth it should make the rest of the people in the state is being fair and realistic.

Recent move to induct the Teachers and Faculty to fill the vacancies in State Educational Institutions has to be completed on priority with transparent process to select the most eligible job seekers in the state.

One must compliment the Government for rising the salaries for many ignored sections of the government services delivery who were having quite marginal salaries / wages that some times leads to petty corruption in the government service delivery.

One clearly sees the petty corruption tendency in the state of Telangana has come down due to these reasonable steps with fair salaries and wages, honest people now have a chance to work and live honestly in the state.

Politics

Politically with over 50% Support for the Party in most  of 119 assembly segments party has no serious political challenger at this time who have no agenda other than Anti KCR and his family in their fight back, will they learn to do home work and hard work on the ground in next 2 years, one has to wait and see !

Sectorial Achievements:

Power :

First Priority for the state to liberate the state from the clutches of Andhra Pradesh and its Grid is achieved on April 2017 with commissioning of Wardha – Dichpally 765 KV HVDC Power Link, state is now part of National Grid with its Own connection and can purchase and draw power from any part of India which is now available a plenty and cheap in West, and Eastern Grid of India

Telangana has delivered this Rabi (Yasangi) Season has delivered over 9191 MW Peak Demand and 188 MU Power Supply on 31st March 2017 this almost 50% Jump from about 6000-7500 MW base Power Load the state witnesses during Rainy season and winter

Completion of 600 MW KTPS II, SCCL 600 x 2 (1200 MW) and 1000 MW from Chattisgarh enable the state deliver this.

Now the state is in a position to exercise the first right of refusal more after it already said not to Costly and no assurance supply of Krishnapatnam now more of AP power will be opted out and soon AP will actually be drawing power from telangana as its right on Telangana Cheap Power continues ..

The state which attempted to choke Telangana State from the day on Power will actually end up thriving on cheap power of Telangana state is going to be the irony in next 7 years ..

Challenges Ahead ..

  1.  Education : While Government succeeded to reign in the Private Educational Institutions Malpractices and Misuse of Fees Reimbursement Schemes etc,   Public Education System Other than  Residential Schools is in Shambles in the State and there is no running away from this fact, when the Government is forced to close the schools for lack of students is admission of total failure for there is no village whose population disappeared, it simply reveals the public education system in rural telangana too has been replaced by private education system.   Without having the Teachers in the school how can Government expect students to come to schools, hence the move to recruit teachers must happen on priority as most new teachers will take time to become productive teachers.
  2. Healthcare : Some very good moves and initiatives for the mother and child in Government hospitals is a very good development, this task of re-building public healthcare would be long one and requires continuous focus as it deals with the chance for survival of the poor patients in the society.  Hopefully Government Adds the Health Education to the Agenda of Mana TV that has been doing good work on the employability education.
  3. Hyderabad Infrastructure and Clean Authority for Hyderabad : Hyderabad is the source of Economic Strength of Telangana State and it must be strengthened two things that will make the City take a Leap Jump into Global City is centered around 
    1. Transportation Infrastructure : City needs Over 200 KM Metro lines and Over 200 KM Elevated Roads inter connecting Airport, ORR, Main Stations and Bus Stands there is no other way to control the traffic situation and air pollution due to vehicle emissions
    2. Clean Authority to Handle both Waste Water and Solid Waste so that all of the Sewage is Treated and filled into the Musi River Front and All of Non Recyclable Solid Waste is Eliminated same day with harmless emissions, else the Clean Hyderabad is a Pipe Dream, Waste Water and Solid Waste lying anywhere within or outside city continue to affect the neighborhood.

Telangana Godavari River Projects Progress


Telangana Movement Tag line is Water, Resources and Jobs, undoubtedly the most critical and important one with far reaching impact on all of Rural Telangana that has suffered a lot during the 58 years is “Water”, No surprise the Leader of the Movement since 2001 and first democratically elected CM of Telangana State KCR Garu has spent maximum amount of his own time and has deployed best possible Government Team and resources and committed highest amount of budget allocation for the cause of Water.  Govt of Telangana  has taken two pronged approach, first all Projects that have been in various stages of progress that can be completed faster by pumping funds and removing the administrative hurdles such as land and others or put on fast track such as Kalwakurthy, Bheema, Nettempadu and Koilsagar  on Krishna and Yellampally on Godavari have been commissioned partly or fully by now changing the landscape of the Palamuru district particularly. Secondly the team has taken complete stock of Godavari River Water availability and the issues impending the on-going Pranahita Chevella Project that delivered zero benefit in-spite of large amount of money spent in digging canals without and work on barrage on Pranahita the source of water.

Major Milestones on Mission Godavari Water by Government of Telangana:

2015 Telangana Government carried out LIDAR (Light detection and ranging) survey from Sriram Sagar Project to Bhadrachalam to study river Godavari and its basinfor using water resources efficiently.
2016 Mar CM made elaborate presentation in Assembly on his vision of Godavari   and   Krishna Waters to entire Telangana State 
2016 Aug Telangana and Maharashtra CM’s historic inter-state agreement on Medigadda, Tummidihatti, Chanaka-Korata Barrages
2017 Feb DPR for Kaleshwaram LIFT Irrigation based on Medigadda Barrages submitted to CWC

Government in its Wisdom has rightly identified 4 Distinct Projects and put all of them on fast track, each of this has significant contribution to make in changing the face of the Rural Telangana by diverting the Godavari River water going waste to Bay of Bengal every year, same time keeping the social and economic changes in mind Government has allocated significant amount of water for both Drinking and Industrial purposes which also enable partly in revenue accrual for self-sustenance of these projects in the long-term.

Projects on

1Submission for TOR

Acceptance by MS EAC

Recommend

TOR Granted
Channaka-Korata 2016/6/6 2016/6/30 2016/7/29 2016/9/5
Pranahita at Tummidihatti 2016/7/26 2016/8/1 2017/3/28 2017/3/31
Kaleshwaram at  Medigadda  2016/12/23 2017/1/6 2017/3/28 Scheduled
Tupakulagudem 2017/2/21 2017/2/22 2017/3/28 Scheduled

Tenders already finalized for the three Barrages at Medigadda, Annaram, Sundilla and also the respective Pump Houses and the work is already underway.

Remaining parts of the Project have been improved taking various suggestions from many people, result the DPR with below Line Diagram submitted to CWC:

Water Quantum of Project:

Though it proposes to LIFT 180 TMC from Kaleshwaram even after Evaporation losses of 10 TMC, Total of 225 TMC water would become available in Telangana with addition of 20 TMC from Yellampally reservoir and 10 TMC of Self yield by various reservoirs and 25 TMC water re-charge expected thru various reservoirs, these additional availability of water beyond what is lifted from Medigadda is actually quite conservative.

Allocation of 225 TMC under this project is

Irrigation will utilize 169 TMC

Drinking Water           40 TMC

Industries                     16 TMC

Total of 7,38,851 hectares of area will become command area of this project with canal water for irrigation.

Most importantly as rightly pointed out by CWC while reviewing the Previous DPR of Pranahita Chevella that did not plan for sufficient storages which would have rendered the project help less if there is no continued flow of water at Tummidihati, that was an unthinkable flaw, Telangana Government has come up 20 Reservoirs with total capacity of 147 TMC, this takes out the Huge Risk of non supply due to non availability of water at source during entire season as it allows to first impound the water in these reservoirs then use it as per the need for entire crop season.

Total Estimated Power Consumption for Lifting is 13,558 MU  this includes 40 TMC drinking water and 16 TMC for Industrial Use which actually has highest power requirement and is actually commercial as its normally recovered from HMWSSB and Industries respectively.

Addition of Intermittent Reservoirs allowed the Government to Opt for intermittent LIFTING of Water when the GRID has surplus cheap power during nights and do bare minimum during peak hours, this brings down the cost of Power drastically.

Particularly Annaram Storage Capacity of 12 TMC is highly beneficial.

While Pumps from Medigadda to Annaram will operate 24 Hrs during the floods

Pumps from Annaram to Sundilla and further till Mallanna Sagar Need not operate during Peak Loads they can LIFT More during Surplus Cheap Power and less during Peak Load Costly power.

This effectively means 60 to 75% of entire Power Consumption during the July~November can be availed at very low cost,  as at this time of the year Power is Surplus and goes waste in the National Grid due demand falling to rock bottom in Rainy Season.  In-line Reservoirs of Kaleshwaram LIFT irrigation project have enabled project to Pump the Water with Very Cheap Power.

Total Investment is Rs 80,500 Crores

Total Annual Benefit of Agriculture, Drinking Water Supply to Hyderabad and Industries put together is Rs 21,521 Crores

Total Annual Cost even accounting for Interest, Depreciation, O&M and Cost of Power is Rs 13,923 Crores

This giving a healthy Benefit to Cost Ratio of 1.55 for the entire Project.

Coming to the stance of Political Parties:

Congress Party: Main opposition made its counter presentation in August 2016.

TJAC released its report on Kaleshwaram Project in November 2016

While BJP has not made its position clear its Member and advisor to the Central Water Minister Mr Sriram Vedire released his Book on Optimal Utilization of Godavari Waters in Feb 2017

TDP has not made its position clear, indirectly indicating its not opposing the project while its Govt in AP is trying its best to stall or delay the project using its influence in Center.

By now people have made their own opinion about TJAC and Congress as their opinions have been elaborate touching various aspects.

It would be desirable for Telangana BJP to state its position unequivocally with specifics not be evasive as their spokespersons are doing with opinions they air are never consistent and among themselves nor with the contents of the book endorsed by Central Ministers, either BJP has to fully own up the book or has to make its stand with specifics as is done by Congress party and TJAC already.

Any other party which is serious about Telangana state must make their view clear with specifics and make it public.

The discourse and priority shown by Government of Telangana to address this Core issue of Water for the State has to be commended and the debate happening with many spending their time and expertise to contribute or counter to the state government effort is a good sign for democracy and development going hand in hand in new state of Telangana while it may not satisfy all.

All information in this article is a Public information.

This Project has Massive Scope to Improve the Benefits and Reduce the Costs due to enormous number of Controllable Variables (Choice of Source of Water, Choice of Impounding or LIFTING, When to LIFT vs  Uncontrolled Variables such as timing and quantum of Rains, Floods and inflows into Rivers from upstream catchment areas, power availability and costs of power etc.

Suggest and Look forward for  the state funded Technology and agriculture Universities and Institutes to focus on Cost and Benefit Optimization Respectively of the Largest State Investment ever.

  • How to Make More Farm Produce from 1 TMC of Water ?                                                                – By Agriculture & Horticulture Universities
  • How to Reduce average Cost of LIFTING 1 TMC of Water ?                                                                – By Technology Universities and Institutions

KCR Delivered Chattisgarh Power to Telangana in April 2017 – Whats TJAC Reflection ?


Telangana State was not only denied fair share of water for 58 years but it was created as a Completely dependent on AP as far as Power is concerned and most had predicted dooms day on power front for Telangana state .

Salute the CM for his meticulous planning and creating brilliant leader for TSGENCO and TSTRANSCO as CMD to remove any room for failures in co-ordination and decision-making in the form of Sri D Prabhakar Rao

Without being part of the Central Government and AP starting with Power Terror on the new Telangana State cancelling PPA’s unilaterally and signing up with all available IPP in South India to Choke Power Supply to Telangana has not only handled the immediate Crisis but has worked on the long term fool proof solution of connecting Telangana to the National Grid with 765 KV HVDC link.

CM and the Team has delivered mission impossible by getting this long lead item delivered thru Central Govt enterprise by creating must deliver situation by striking deal with BJP ruled Chattisgarh state Govt for securing 1000 MW Thermal Power Plant exclusively for Telangana for period of 12 years, with PPA in place, He has not only got this Very High Capital Intensive Project delivered on Scheduled Date when Chattisgarh Power is signed up  ie 1st April 2017 without fail and also Got Center to include Warora – Warangal 765 HVDC second link for Telangana included in to the National Grid Plan.

It certainly is the time to recall :

An Analysis on the Power Sector Developments in Two Years by K. Raghu Spokesperson, TJAC Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) Publication July 2016 © TJAC ” Rs 60

 

This book was released in July 2016, it claimed Telangana State would have to wait for at least 30 months (Two and half years) for the Wardha – Dichpally Power Grid HVDC link to happen so, Telangana would have to suffer thousands of crores losses in-spite of not able to get power from Chattisgarh from Scheduled date on 1st April 2017, presumably  due to no grid connectivity ..

Well, within 9 months of their report the state is already receiving the power supply ..

Will TJAC admit their mistake  and Congratulate the CM and Team that worked tirelessly for solving the Core problems for the state development and growth of its economy and welfare of people or will continue to defend indefensible malicious reports they are churning out that are anything but twisting of facts and selective use of facts in isolation to mislead people for some hidden agenda

Hope and wish TJAC team shuns its approach to find fault for the sake of finding fault and starts using their expertise with constructive suggestions with humility and dignity and deal with elected government with the respect it deserves.

Telangana MP’s and Team in Delhi also deserves compliments for effective follow-up in Center.

Telangana Government should thank Central Power Minister Piyush Goyal for coming good on the promise.

Meanwhile now, Scheduled Power cut has certainly gone into history books in Telangana State

Jai KCR

Jai Telangana

Contrasting Andhra and Telangana Chandranomics


Time to take stock of How the Two “Chandra” in Telangana and Andhra are going about their Financial Budgeting and Actual if I may call as “Chandranomics” of  Andhra and Telangana

Andhra Chandranomics (AP Budget Estimate, Re-estimate and Actual since 2015)

B.E. : Budget Estimates  R.E. : Revised Estimates during next budget   Actual : Reported during next to next budget

  • Original Budget vs Actual State Performance in Revenues is about 90%
  • Center Grants are 124 % of Budget (Andhra Media will make all believe it otherwise)
  • Public Debt Achieved is 247% Rs 53,681 Crores (did we hear it from any Opposition and Andhra Media ?) 
  • Actual Cash in-flows is 26% Over the Original Budget, primarily due to Over 30,000 PLUS Crores more Borrowings over and above the Budgeted and Revised Estimates
  • Lesson (Final Actual Borrowings and Centers Grants are Managed under Andhra Chandranomics Secretly and are not revealed to Assembly and public thru Original or Revised Estimates of Budgets Sessions, Total Mockery of Democracy and Total collusion of Parties and Media in the State that such things is not brought out in to public domain
  • AP is having Very Special Category Status in Center and RBI, no FRBM or any Rules apply to this state and CM

Telangana  Chandranomics (TS Budget Estimate, Re-estimate and Actual since 2015)

B.E. : Budget Estimates  R.E. : Revised Estimates during next budget   Actual : Reported during next to next budget

  • States Own Original Estimates and Final Actual Performance is around 80%
  • Center’s Grants have been less than 80% of Budget and less than Half of what are granted to AP
  • Telangana Chandranomics Keeps stretched targets in Budget and does proper revision brings it close to reality and final figures may be close to R.E.
  • Good Financial Management is reflected Borrowings too have been reduced when revenues have been short
  • All hovering around 80% of Original Estimates is Chandranomics of Telangana
  • Evidence of Healthy Growth of States Revenues is Visible

The Buzz in Mainstream Media and Social Media is Not about Andhra Pradesh Borrowings of 250% than in Budget in 2015-16, but is Projecting Telangana has done Huge Borrowings when in reality it did only 81% of what it estimated in the Original Budget.

Misleads in Kaleshwaram TJAC Report (కాళేశ్వరం ఎత్తి పోతల పథకం పై TJAC నివేదిక లోని తికమకలు)


Here is my Video Post Explaining My View about 6 Specific Misleading Arguments / Assumptions made in the TJAC Report on Kaleshwaram
  1. Mallanna Sagar 5 TMC Capacity instead of 50 TMC Can Meet all the Objectives Set of supplying 146 TMC Water
  2. Water Losses in LIFT Irrigation Can be ~40% Hence 40% More water LIFTING and Costing done
  3. Suggesting to Add 10 TMC New Reservoir within Telangana near Tummidihatti since Maharashtra did not agree for 152 Meter height Yet Oppose the 50 TMC Capacity at Mallanna Sagar
  4. ntire Water has to be LIFTED from Medigadda Only is the assumption in all cost calculation and excluding Tummidihatti Portion Completely 
  5. KLIS is only about Medigadda not about BIG Medigadda Supplementing to Small Tummidihatti Barrage as Sources for Tapping and LIFTING Water
  6. Future Cost of Power will Keep Rising as in the Past (Inherent assumption of assuming Rs 6.4 /unit cost is Reasonable and NPV of future power cost will remain as Rs 6.4)
All these 6 points are Significantly different from the Reality and have contributed in trying to 
— Magnify the Costs
— Undermine Benefits
— Delay the Project and hence accrual of its benefits to the Telangana Farmers