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Sonia asked to constitute second SRC

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Rajasekhara Reddy delivers valedictory address at the Congress brainstorming session

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has appealed to AICC president Sonia Gandhi to take an early decision on the constitution of a second States Reorganisation Commission (SRC) in tune with the promise made in the party's election manifesto.

Delivering the valedictory address at the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee's two-day brainstorming session here on Friday, the Chief Minister said since the efforts to evolve a consensus on the issue had not yielded fruitful results, the logical conclusion was to constitute the 2nd SRC by considering all aspects.

Admitting that the results of the Karimnagar Lok Sabha byelection could not be underestimated, he said there was consensus among the party leaders for constituting the SRC with a specific timeframe to complete its task.

On the Pothireddypadu head regulator controversy raging in the Congress, he said the project was meant to divert surplus water from the Krishna flowing into the sea. The leaders who were objecting to diversion of flood water to Rayalaseema through Pothireddypadu should apply the same analogy to projects in Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar districts in addition to Veligonda and Somasila projects as they were all dependent on surplus Krishna water. The Government was committed to completing Polavaram, Dummugudem, Pulichintala and other projects that were aimed at diverting the Godavari water to the Krishna command area. It was only after their completion that water could be diverted from Pothireddypadu for supplementing Rayalaseema projects.

Pothireddypadu issue

The Chief Minister made it clear that Pothireddypadu would not have any adverse effect on the water supply to the Twin Cities.

The Government was exploring the options to divert Godavari water through Inchampally project to cater to the needs of the city by resolving the inter-State issues with Chattisgarh. Efforts were also underway to take up Pranahita-Chevella project, estimated to cost Rs. 1,500 crore.

The project's detailed investigation would be completed by the month-end and tenders called by April.

Dr. Reddy wanted party leaders and cadre to be "vigilant" in countering the campaign launched by the Opposition and a particular newspaper to defame the Government on every account.

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