Special Correspondent

To follow up legal battle against State

  • KCR to tour tribal villages in Khammam that face submergence
  • To lead team to Prime Minister on danger mark on beedi bundles

    HYDERABAD: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) plans to file a contempt petition in the Supreme Court shortly against resumption of works on Polavaram project in defiance of orders by the apex court that nothing other than `paper work' can be taken up in respect of the project.

    At a news conference here on Saturday, TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao said that the State Government recently ordered execution of the project works in non-forest areas. He released copies of a memo issued in this regard by the Irrigation Department.

    To mobilise tribals

    Mr. Rao said he would follow up the legal battle against the Government with an extensive tour in tribal villages of Khammam district that faced the danger of submergence under the project.

    He would tour the villages for a week to mobilise tribals for a struggle against the project.

    The TRS would also petition the Supreme Court if the Government remained adamant about implementation of Dummugudem project which was also in Khammam.

    Despite clear orders from the court that the project be taken up for the benefit of Godavari basin, the Government was firm on lifting water from it to fill the Nagarjunasagar tail pond.

    To meet Manmohan

    Mr. Rao said that he would lead a party delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week seeking withdrawal of skull and crossbones logo on beedi packets and stoppage of works on Babli project.

    The TRS would also seek constitution of the eighth wage board and Income-Tax relaxation for coal workers.