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Irrigation action plan lacks clarity: TDP

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, JUNE 12. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has demanded that the State Government re-prioritise the irrigation projects as its action plan ignores ground realities.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, the former Irrigation Minister, Kadiam Srihari, and TDP spokesman, R. Chandrasekhar Reddy, said the Government fixed five years to complete the Alimineti Madhava Reddy, Sriramsagar II, KC canal modernisation and Jhanjavati projects, when two years was more than enough. In contrast, it was impossible to complete Telugu Ganga and Devadula lift-irrigation schemes in two years.

They said most of the works in respect of Madhava Reddy, Sriramsagar II, KC canal and Jhanjavati projects were completed and it was only a matter of months before they could be commissioned. In respect of Telugu Ganga, its balancing reservoirs -- Velugode and Khandaleru -- were in bad shape and needed major repairs. The construction of another reservoir, Veerabhramendra Swamy, could not be completed within two years. The Government promised to complete Devadula lift-irrigation scheme in two years although the project was only at the tendering stage.

Mr. Srihari condemned Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's claim that the TDP Government did not utilise properly the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) funds of the Centre. He said the Government had spent Rs. 1,100 out of Rs. 1,200 crore released for Sriramsagar II, Somasila, Jurala, Annamaya and Madduvalasa projects. These five major and six smaller projects were proposed to be completed by this month but a delay was caused on account of elections.

Problems in payment of compensation to people whose lands were submerged led to the delay in completion of Somasila project. As the works were not completed, the storage in the tank was now just 40 tmcft against its full capacity of 78 tmcft. The Madduvalasa project also faced the same problem of payment of compensation.

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