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Project's new appellation confined to files

M. Malleswara Rao

HYDERABAD: Just as old habits die hard, old names are not easily forgotten.

In tune with these lines is Neelam Sanjiva Reddy whose statue was unveiled at the Secretariat on Sunday. Srisailam project was renamed Neelam Sanjiva Reddy Sagar as a fitting tribute to the State's first Chief Minister for his relentless efforts in launching this and two other gigantic projects -- Nagarjunasagar and Sriramsagar -- using his good offices with the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Irrigation engineers recall that it was during Sanjiva Reddy's tenure as Chief Minister that Pandit Nehru had laid the foundation stones for these projects, calling them modern temples. Sanjiva Reddy was a great benefactor of the farmer.

Acknowledging his services, the Chandrababu Naidu Government re-named Srisailam project after him. Sanjiva Reddy showed particular interest in Srisailam project, which today has become the lifeline of Rayalaseema region.

But, the new name has not, become popular and is confined to files. It is invariably referred to as Srisailam because of the famous hill-shrine of Lord Shiva nearby.

Speaking to reporters after the statue was unveiled, the Rural Development Minister, J. C. Diwakar Reddy, said the services done by Neelam Sanjiva Reddy in construction of the three projects were unforgettable.

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