The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders staged a ‘Jala Deeksha’ demanding that the State government construct a retaining wall to protect people from the floods in river Krishna.

The TDP leaders stood in waist deep water in the river at Pushkarghat here on Monday to register their protest against inordinate delay in construction of the retaining wall. TDP Vijayawada (East) in-charge Gadde Rammohan Rao said that the TDP government had commenced construction of embankment for river Krishna from Vijayawada to Avanigadda to protect the people living in the vicinity of river. The objective was to protect the people from flash floods and also provide road facility to remotest village. The TDP could construct a bridge near Avanigadda. But, the project was shelved as soon as the Congress came to power. The people were forced to fend for themselves, he alleged.

The ruling Congress had been making false promises about the construction of a retaining wall on the river bank. There was no progress during the last nine years. The TDP would continue the agitation for the retaining wall, he added.

Medical camps

TDP Urban Mahila president Chennupati Usha Rani and others were present.

Meanwhile, TDP organised medical camps at 57 and 58 divisions to cater to the needs of residents of Rajiv Nagar, LBS Nagar and other surrounding localities. The camps were organised under the aegis of NTR Trust Bhavan. The people were screened for viral fevers and medicines were distributed to the needy.