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There were no specific budgetary allocations for the project, says Chiranjeevi

Minister flays Chiru for allegedly trying to gain political mileage by undertaking bus yatra

State has decided to call for tenders by the end of May, says Vatti Vasanta Kumar

ELURU: The PRP president K. Chiranjeevi on Saturday said the much-touted Indira Sagar Project was put on a backburner by the Congress government after the death of former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Speaking at a media conference on the last leg of his bus yatra for the project in West Godavari district, he said the political instability, opposition from the Telangana Congress leaders and non-cooperation from the State Cabinet during the regime of Mr. Rosaiah cast a shadow over the project.

The attempt by the State and Central governments to accelerate the project execution in the recent period was only an ‘eye-wash'. There were no specific budgetary allocations and Central funds for the project, he added. He asked why the accordance of national status for the project was subjected to dilly-dallying if the government was serious about its completion.

The PRP chief took a dig at Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah for allegedly acting as a ‘Telangana minister' and stalling the progress of the Indira Sagar project. He expressed his serious concern over the State capital turning into a hub of terrorists. Reacting to a terrorist strike, killing a police constable in Hyderabad on Friday, he wanted the government to be firm in handling the terrorists and instil confidence in the public. Meanwhile, Rural Development Minister Vatti Vasanta Kumar strongly criticised the PRP chief for allegedly trying to gain political mileage by undertaking the bus yatra on the Indira Project. Saying that the government was quite serious to complete the project at the earliest, the minister informed that the government had decided to call for tenders by the end of May for execution of the project head works. He said the State government had invested Rs. 7,660 crore on the project so far and secured more than 33 clearances for the project from the Centre.