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KHAMMAM: Moves are afoot for setting up of a cotton park in Khammam, said District Collector Rajendra Narendra Nimje on Thursday. Unfurling the national flag at the Police Parade Grounds as part of the Republic Day celebrations, he said that cotton production in Khammam was over 1.44 lakh tonnes but much of it was being moved to far off places for want of proper marketing facilities.
Mr. Nimje said that the cotton park would come up at Annarugudem village, with ten ginning units and one baling unit. At least two of the ginning units would become operational by March next. The land acquisition process is in progress, the Collector said.
Talking of the irrigation project, the Collector said that the Indirasagar and Rajiv Sagar lift schemes for which Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy laid the foundation stone on December 31, were holding great hope. The two schemes estimated to cost about Rs 3,500 crores would provide Godavari water for irrigating over 3.3 lakh acres. Steps were also being taken for developing the canal system under the Gundlavagu, Palemvagu, Mondikuntavagu and the Kinnerasani project with an out lay of another Rs. 252 crores. Mr. Nimje said that information technology could benefit the lives of the rural poor as well.
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