’I want to give people in remote habitations the water they deserve’
HYDERABAD: For this 39-year-old MLA-elect, who runs a string of educational institutions, the only reason for entering the highly-competitive world of politics was because he felt that for decades the poor in a backward district were consistently denied basic facilities.
Alleti Maheswara Reddy, who got elected from Nirmal as the Praja Rajyam nominee, cannot wait to enter the Assembly. Ask him what he wants to do and he asserts, “Give people in remote habitations the water they deserve. Safe drinking water and for their irrigational needs, basic sanitation, housing, education and health infrastructure.” The most pressing need of people in 187 habitations, including 88 gram panchayats, is civic amenities. “Twenty-eight villages of Dilwarpur mandal got submerged under the Sriramsagar Project. The rehabilitated villagers still do not have irrigation facilities and even drinking water,” he rues, recalling his agitation seeking water and compensation.
“First I have to see that people of the villages get Pranahita water and satiate their drinking water needs too, before it is supplied for irrigation as part of the Pranahita-Chevella project. I have to ensure drinking water for the 187 habitations. My priority is health, sanitation and roads,” he says.
His grandfather, late A. Rajeshwara Reddy, was the first municipal chairman of Nirmal in 1959. Later his father, A. Padmanabha Reddy, held the post.
They fuelled his desire to serve people. But he was not very attracted to any party in the past.
He runs the Maheshwara Group of Educational Institutions, including two engineering and two pharmacy colleges on a 100-acre campus in Isnapur. Also, he runs an institute of technology near Dundigal, apart from the Maheshwara Public School in Adilabad.