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VITAL LINK: Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy inaugurated Puligadda-Penumudi Varadhi at Avanigadda on Saturday. PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR.
VITAL LINK: Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy inaugurated Puligadda-Penumudi Varadhi at Avanigadda on Saturday. PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR.

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`State committed to completing these projects, come what may'

A few parties from State are lobbying against projects in New DelhiPuligadda-Penumudi bridge named after Mandali Venkata Krishna RaoPolavaram work will be resumed in two-three months

AVANIGADDA: Chief Minister Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy has said a few political parties from the State are working against the Polavaram and Pulichintala projects by lobbying in New Delhi. However, the State Government is committed to completing these projects, come what may.

Addressing a public meeting after inaugurating the Puligadda-Penumudi bridge across the Krishna connecting Krishna and Guntur districts here on Saturday, Dr. Reddy announced that the bridge was being christened after former Education Minister the late Mandali Venkata Krishna Rao, who championed the cause of its construction. The bridge was constructed at a cost of Rs. 71 crores by Navayuga Engineering Company. It reduces the distance between several towns in Krishna and Guntur districts - like Machilipatnam and Repalle or Avanigadda and Tenali -- in the delta area by over 100 km.

Stone laid for IT park

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for the Rs. 70-crore project of construction of a double-lane road and fortification of the Krishna river bund between Avanigadda and Vijayawada. He also laid foundation stone for the construction of an IT Park at Kesarapalli, opposite the Gannavaram airport, on a 30-acre site.Dr. Reddy said at the Avanigadda public meeting that he would take up the modernisation of Krishna Delta during his regime, once the Pulichintala and Polavaram projects were in place. While all political parties came together for the cause of irrigation projects in States like Maharashtra, "a few political parties in our State are working against the projects," he quipped. Despite all hurdles, work on the Polavaram project, which was stopped for the last one month owing to legal hurdles, would be resumed in two to three months.

Referring to the TDP's repeated accusation against him that he was a factionalist, Dr. Reddy said the party should take notice of the "chinks in its own armour." They should bear in mind that the party's former ministers P. Ramasubba Reddy and C. Krishna Yadav were languishing in jails.

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