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Government neglecting Telangana, says TDP

Special Correspondent

Party leaders demand white paper on irrigation projects taken up so far

HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam Legislature Party (TDLP) has charged the Government with showing regional bias and creating obstacles for irrigation projects for the diversion of Godavari water from the Pranahita to Sripadasagar that could benefit six districts of Telangana.

Addressing a press conference, the TDLP deputy leader, T. Devender Goud, and S. Maruthi, MLA, said that going by the way water availability was changed from 160 tmcft to 50 tmcft, it was clear that the Government was not keen on going ahead with it, "as it is in Telangana."

YSR `misleading' people

Alleging that other projects planned in Telangana were also given the short shrift, they sought a white paper on the projects taken up so far, the amount spent, the financial tie-ups concluded and clearances obtained.

They accused the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, of misleading people. He had supported this project and kept saying that Godavari water would be brought to Ranga Reddy and Hyderabad, but asked the Irrigation Department to go slow.

They said the blueprint for the Pranahita project was prepared by a group of senior engineers under the aegis of the Institution of Engineers. They had gone into all aspects, including availability of water, clearance from the Centre and funding.

It had the potential of creating 32 lakh acres of ayacut in Telangana besides solving the drinking water problem in several districts and Hyderabad. It had assumed further significance as the Sriramsagar project had become vulnerable owing to construction of 12 barrages upstream by Maharashtra.

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