Time:
11:20 AM - 12:10 PM
Date:
15 September 2020

An International Perspective on Water - The World’s Largest Irrigation and Drinking Water System

KT Rama RaoSri Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao is the Minister of Municipal Administration, Urban Development, Industries, IT and Commerce for the Government of Telangana, Hyderabad. Under his leadership, the Government of Telangana completed the ambitious $6 billion Telangana Water Grid Project, also known as Mission Bhaghiratha, to provide drinking water to about 30 million people in the state. The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project in Telangana, which opened in June 2019, is the world’s largest multi-purpose lift irrigation project.

Mr. KT Rama Rao holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and has two post-graduate degrees, M.Sc in Biotechnology from University of Pune and MBA in Marketing & E-commerce from Baruch College, City University of New York. After completing his MBA, before joining full-time in politics in India, Mr. KT Rama Rao worked in the US IT industry from 2001-2006. He has won many industry accolades for dynamism, vision, and making Telangana one of the most investor-friendly states of India. He has been awarded "Most Inspirational Icon of the Year 2015" by CNN-IBN and Ritz Magazine and is one of the most sought out political leaders of India.

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation project is a multipurpose lift irrigation project, which is touted as the world’s largest irrigation and drinking water system. The Honorable Minister Sri Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao is the Minister of Municipal Administration, Urban Development, Industries, IT and Commerce for the Government of Telangana, Hyderabad. Under his leadership, the Government of Telangana completed the ambitious $6 billion Telangana Water Grid Project, also known as Mission Bhaghiratha, to provide drinking water to about 30 million people in the state. The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project in Telangana, which opened in June 2019, is the world’s largest multi-purpose lift irrigation project. He will present the story of the process that lead to successful completion of both the Kaleshwaram and the Mission Bhaghiratha projects.

Moderator

  • Sri Kamojjala, P.E., D.WRE, Las Vegas Valley Water District, 2020 EWRI Congress Chair

Speaker

  • Honorable Minister Sri Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao