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`Polavaram: no submergence in other States'

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YSR flays Naidu for criticism on the Babli citing the latter's `failure' to stop Alamatti

BHADRACHALAM: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhar Reddy said here on Tuesday that the neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh and Orissa had nothing to lose from the Polavaram project.

Addressing a news conference here, he said that the State Government had decided on its own for constructing walls all along the river thus preventing submergence in the two states.

Once the problem of inundation and displacement was addressed, there was no need for the two states to oppose the project.

Relief package

He said that the implementation of the relief and rehabilitation packages was in progress.

The project implementation would require acquisition of about 70,000 acres of land facing the risk of submergence and bout 7000 acres of it had been acquired. Another 30,000 acres of irrigated land was to be acquired for implementation of the rehabilitation package.

Work on the Dummugudem lift scheme had commenced.

Reacting to TDP leader Chandrabau Naiu's criticism on the Babli project on the Godavari, he said that the previous TDP regime had failed to stop work on the Alamatti dam on Krishna which deprived the State of 130 tmc.

Issue taken up

Mr. Naidu had no right to blame the Congress for the Babli construction aimed at diverting two tmc feet of water.

He said the State Government had taken up the Babli issue with the concerned and the Government of Mahrashtra had assured stoppage of further construction of the project but it had failed to keep word.

He pointed out that while the Government was trying to safeguard the interests of the State, some of the opposition parties were out to stall the projects for no valid reason and it was quite unfortunate.

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