Hyderabad: Mission Bhagiratha is making a splash even in the USA. IT, industries and municipal administration minister K T Rama Rao spoke about the Telangana government’s unique efforts to ensure drinking water supply to every household in the state at the World Environment and Water Resources Congress at Sacramento, California on May 22.
“We are also working on providing internet connection to every house through the Telangana fibre-grid,” he said in the keynote address. He explained how this would help in providing e-health and e-education.
No other state in India has taken up anything like Mission Bhagiratha, K T Rama Rao said and pointed out that the mission was in tune with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal No. 6. He also explained that the severe problem of fluorosis in Nalgonda district would be tackled through this project.
The minister also spoke about ‘Mission Kakatiya’, through which the government aims to provide water for irrigation to farmers by reviving old wells and lakes. He said that as many as 46,000 water bodies are being revived so that farmers do not have to depend only on borewells. The minister also touched upon the culture of Telangana by referring to the Bathukamma festival.
Kristina Swallow, president-elect of Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) appreciated the initiatives explained by Rama Rao.
KTR also met Jure Salo, co-founder and chief executive officer of Sanmina Corporation in San Jose. He explained to Salo about the environment created by the Telangana government for setting up the electronics industry. He described the policy to the CEO and extended an invitation for a delegation from Sanmina to visit the state.
At another event, Rama Rao explained the policies of the Telangana government to CEOs of companies who attended a dinner hosted in his honour by TiE Silicon Valley. In Silicon Valley, the minister said he met ‘fellow Hyderabadis who’ve made us proud in the valley’. He met Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayan and Keerti Melkote of HP. “Lots to look forward to,” the minister tweeted.