YSR lays foundation for Rs.127-cr. reservoir across the Mahendratanaya
SRIKAKULAM: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy asserted that his Government would complete all the irrigation projects under ‘Jalayagnam’ and usher in an era free from drought and floods in spite of road blocks put up by the Opposition parties.
Dr. Reddy was addressing a well-attended public meeting on Friday after laying the foundation for the Rs.127-crore, 2.6 tmcft capacity reservoir across Mahendratanaya river at Regulapadu village in Palasa mandal. He promised a better quality of life to all the families evacuated due to construction of irrigation projects.
The Chief Minister said every effort was being made to see that Andhra Pradesh stood at the top in the country in development. Criticising the Opposition parties for placing hurdles in the execution of major irrigation projects like Polavaram and Pulichinthala, he said his Government had pressed ahead with ‘Jalayagnam’ without being bogged down by the efforts of these parties.
Referring to the loan waiver scheme of the Union Government, he said that of the Rs 60,000 crore announced in the budget, farmers in Andhra Pradesh would get a waiver benefit to the tune of Rs.12,000 crore.
Efforts were being made to ensure that farmers not covered under the scheme would also get similar benefit.
Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao described the TDP rule as a ‘dark period’ in the history of the State and citing examples explained the TDP chief’s double talk. Schemes like Vamsadhara Thotapalli and Mudduvalasa irrigation projects, sanction of a medical college would change the face of Srikakulam district and bring it on a par with developed districts like East and West Godavari, he said.
Major Irrigation Minister, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Forest Minister Vijayarama Raju and others spoke.
Tekkali legislator Hanumanthu Appayya Dora presided over the meeting.
No to elephant zone
Addressing a review meeting in Srikakulam, Dr. Reddy said there was no proposal to set up an elephant zone covering lands in the districts of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram.