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‘Harita Yatra' begins on a grand note

Staff Reporter

Blockage of a part of NH-16 annoys people held up in traffic


Jagan does not utter a word about Congress-PR merger

Wants State to start Polavaram works with its funds




Child supporter: Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy walking along with children during ‘Harita Yatra' on Monday in Obullanka village.

RAVULAPALEM: Former MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy began his Polavaram ‘Harita Yatra' on National Highway-16 (till recently NH-5) junction here on Monday with a large number of his followers and leaders from different places in East Godavari district.

Coming a day after Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi announced the merger of his party with the Congress, the yatra evoked curiosity about what Mr. Jagan would have to say and also about the turnout of people.

However, Mr. Jagan and former Minister Pilli Subashchandra Bose did not utter a word about the developments though all second-rung leaders went hammer and tongs at Mr. Chiranjeevi for the merger decision.

The organisers of the yatra drew the ire of the public over blockage of a part of the NH-16 and the decision of the police in giving permission for erecting a dais as it led to disruption of traffic.

Long distance bus services were held up for nearly three hours.

The yatra covered 20 km in Kothapeta constituency.

After paying floral tributes to the statue of his father, YSR and that of a local leader, Chirla Sundararami Reddy, Mr. Jagan criticised the State government for not spending its own funds for taking up project works of Polavaram and seeking reimbursement from the Centre once it was declared a national project.

He said that there was no alternative for the Polavaram multi-purpose project to offset the damage caused by the verdict of the Krishna Waters Disputes Tribunal II.

‘Heavy loss'

He added that Andhra Pradesh would lose heavily as it would have to forgo a large part of its share on surplus water of Krishna. Therefore, the Polavaram project alone could save the Krishna and Godavari deltas.

Polavaram will provide 80 tmcft of water to Krishna by which pressure on Nagarjunasagar and Srisailam projects will come down and therefore projects in Telangana will also get sufficient water.

Mr. Jagan recalled that Prof. N.G. Ranga was the first person to raised the issue of Polavaram (in 1945) Dr. B.R. Ambedkar when the latter was Viceroy Council member. “Even after 70 years nothing was materialised,” said Jagan. He said that lakhs of people are going to join his Yatra and he is also demanding Pranahita-Chevella, Dummugudem and Sujala-Sravanti projects.

Congress MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, former MLA Chirla Jaggi Reddy, Bhuman Karunakar Reddy, Roja, Ambati Rambabu, Konathala Ramakrishna, N. Lakshmi Parvati, Nellore ZP Chairman Kakani Govardhan Reddy, Vijayachander and others participated in the public meeting.

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