All India Kisan Sabha leader makes the demand

VIJAYAWADA: All India Kisan Sabha vice-president Kolli Nageswara Rao has demanded inclusion of 1.5 lakh acres in Nuzvid, Tiruvuru and Mylavaram constituencies in Krishna district under the Chintalapudi lift irrigation scheme, for which Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy laid the foundation stone last month.

He was addressing a press conference along with Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangham vice-president A.V. Gopala Rao and CPI Krishna district secretary Suryadevara Nageswara Rao at Palme Dutt Bhavan on Friday.

Long history

Thanking the Chief Minister for laying the foundation stone for the project to irrigate 2 lakh acres in West Godavari and Krishna districts, Mr. Nageswara Rao recalled that there was a long history behind realisation of this lift irrigation project.

Water dispute

After a dispute arose some time back between the political leaders of Khammam and West Godavari districts over the sharing of Tammileru water for irrigation in their respective districts, a solution was sought to be found by diverting the water from Nagarjunasagar Project, which was allocated earlier for Krishna district, to Tammileru through Vempadu major.

It was opposed by farmers of Krishna district and the GO was stayed by the High Court.

Mr. Nageswara Rao said he had then taken the initiative to discuss the issue with chief engineers and arrived at a solution to use Godavari waters from Dummugudem project to the extent of 2.30 lakh acres in Khammam district, 40,000 acres in West Godavari district and 30,000 acres in Krishna district.

While the government of the day tried to include only Khammam under investigation for Dummugudem project, the Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangham had always tried to get all the three districts included.

The present government had taken out this scheme from Dummugudem and included it in Indira Sagar (Polavaram) Project.

In view of this long history, more land should be brought under cultivation in Krishna district under Chintalapudi LI project, Mr. Nageswara Rao demanded.