Hyderabad: Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday (June 17) met Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy and invited him for the inauguration of the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, which is scheduled for June 21.

Rao, who arrived in Vijayawada in the afternoon, offered prayers at the Kanaka Durga temple. He later left for Jagan Reddy's residence in Tadepalli in Andhra Pradesh capital region Amaravati.

The Telangana chief minister had lunch with Jagan and later invited him to attend the inauguration of the Kaleshwaram project while they also discussed the ongoing inter-state issues.

This is K Chandrasekhar Rao's second visit to Vijayawada in less than a month while he had earlier attended Jaganmohan Reddy's swearing-in ceremony on May 30.

The project, which is being built on the Godavari river, is expected to change the face of Telangana.

The foundation stone for the project was laid in 2016, and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) chief Jaganmohan Reddy as the then leader of opposition in Andhra Pradesh had opposed it and accused Telangana of diverting the Godavari water.

However, after the Jagan-led YSRCP came to power in the neighbouring state, both the chief ministers had a series of meetings to form friendly relations.

Rao had earlier stated that Kaleshwaram would create history as the largest lift irrigation project built in the fastest mode.

The project would be able to supply sufficient water to grow two crops a year in 45 lakh acres of land in 16 districts.