Special Correspondent

Godavari lift scheme, Guthpa and Alisagar were earlier held up following CWC objection

NEW DELHI: The Centre has accorded clearances to three irrigation projects -- Godavari Lift Irrigation Scheme, Guthpa and Alisagar-- located in Telangana region and lift irrigation schemes.

The projects were held up after the Central Water Commission held that they were not comparable to the gravity projects while the Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy argued that these projects were in drought-prone districts and there was no alternate water source for providing irrigation to these areas.

The move is bound to give a major fillip to `Jalayagnam' programme.

Advisory committee

Four projects have been cleared by the Central Water Commission. The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Union Water Resources Ministry, which met here on Friday, considered these four projects, a release by the State Information said.

It is understood that the TAC has recommended the clearance of Godavari Lift Irrigation Scheme (GLIS), Guthpa, Alisagar Lift Irrigation schemes and Musurumilli Reservoir Project. With this all the necessary clearances have been accorded to these four project, barring Planning Commission's investment clearance.

Power crisis

Meanwhile, on the power front, the Centre has assured the State of additional help to tide over the crisis during summer. A delegation of MPs from Andhra Pradesh led by the Minister of Energy and Information Mohd. Shabbir Ali met Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and apprised him of the looming power crisis in the State.

The Union Minister said that he would review the situation and announce by next week what the Centre could do to ease the power situation in Andhra Pradesh.

The delegation consisted of D. Vital Rao, Nizamuddin, A. Venkatarama Reddy, A. Saipratap, Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, Rajamohana Reddy, Nandi Yellaiah, K.S. Rao, Madhu Yakshi, Girish Sanghi, Botcha Jhansi.