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`Telangana interests being taken care of'

Staff Reporter

Expert team to study proposed projects in Maharashtra

KARIMNAGAR: The Government Whip and District Congress Committee president, D. Sridhar, has said that the State Government is taking the necessary steps to protect the interests of irrigation projects in Telangana region, including the SRSP, Flood Flow Canal and Yellampalli in the wake of the threat due to construction of projects in the neighbouring Maharashtra State.

Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday, he expressed concern over the construction of mini projects on the Godavari and the catchment area of SRSP in Maharashtra. Mr. Sridhar said that the State Government had already deputed an expert irrigation team to the proposed projects sites in Maharashtra to study if the projects in that State were detrimental to the Telangana region projects and other issues

Steps to ensure due share

He said that the Government would take all necessary steps to ensure that the State got its due share in the utilisation of Godavari waters.

He also said that the district legislators would also influence the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy, to constitute an all-party delegation to the project sites in Maharashtra to study the problem and take appropriate measures.

With regard to the Yellampalli project (Sripada sagar), he said that the Government was contemplating to divert the Pranahita river water to the project and utilise 120 tmcft of water and later divert drinking water to Ranga Reddy district. In the first phase, they would utilise 60 tmcft of water from the Pranahita river and execute the work under the EPC scheme, he added.

Flaying the opposition parties' remarks on the projects, he said that the Telugu Desam Government had failed to stop the Alamatti project in spite of the issue being raised in the Assembly, thus affecting the farmers of Krishna delta.

He also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party, when in power at the Centre, had neglected the execution of projects and concentrated only on organising padayatras for the Inchampalli and Yellampalli projects.

The APCC official spokesperson and Jagtial legilator, T. Jeevan Reddy, said that the Praja Patham programme was a grand success in the district.

He flayed the opposition parties for not participating in the Praja Patham programme.

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