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TDP wants Rosaiah to act tough on Babli

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Rosaiah to take up the issue with Manmohan Singh on July 2

TDP plans to launch a “do or die” battle, including protests, in Delhi


HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam leaders, including MLAs, met Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and appealed to him to impress upon the Centre to take action against Maharashtra for going ahead with the construction of Babli and 13 other “illegal” barrages on Godavari, affecting the ayacut of Sriramsagar project (SRSP).

The TDP delegation comprised Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, M. Narsimhulu, E. Dayakara Rao, Satyavathi Rathod (all MLAs), B. Venkateswarlu (MLC), Kadiam Srihari, Vem Narender Reddy and N. Sudhakar Rao (former MLAs).

They informed the Chief Minister that the completion of the 14 barrages upstream of SRSP would be disastrous for farmers of Telangana region as 18 lakh acres of ayacut under it, spread over six districts would turn fallow permanently. In addition Maharashtra was also drawing huge quantity of water through lift irrigation all along Godavari.

Mr. Srinivas Reddy said the impact of the construction of barrages and drawing water was already felt in the last kharif and rabi when the SRSP was deprived of 40 tmc of water. The project output was also affected by heavy siltation. In the coming years, there will be no inflows into SRSP unless the government initiates urgent steps to prevent Maharashtra.

He said the Chief Minister gave an assurance to take it up with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whom he is planning to meet on July 2. Mr. Dayakar Rao said the party would launch a “do or die” battle, including protests, in Delhi.

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