‘Significant allocations made to Polavaram while similar allocations not made to MGLI’
Delay in payment of compensation to Srisailam project evacuees condemned
HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) State committee has demanded that the Government enhance allocation to Mahatma Gandhi Lift Irrigation (MGLI) scheme at Kalwakurthi in Mahbubnagar district to ensure its expeditious completion.
CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu faulted the Government for taking steps that would enhance the “regional disparities” in that some projects were receiving attention as well as the allocations required for their completion on a war footing while several others were not given the same treatment.
Mr. Raghavulu was addressing the participants of a cycle rally organised in protest against the inordinate delay in payment of compensation to the evacuees of Srisailam project.
He recalled the Government’s claims on utilising 500 tmcft of water that was going waste into the sea for the development of backward regions. The Government that decided to divert 120 tmcft of water from Pothireddypadu head regulator, however, did not take steps to provide water to drought prone mandals of Mahbubnagar district, he said.
The “deceitful” attitude of the Government was evident from the fact that the MGLI project has been designed to utilise only 25 tmcft catering to about six lakh acres. The Government made significant allocations to Polavaram project that were yet to receive clearances while similar allocations were not made to MGLI scheme, he charged.