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They were arrested for laying siege to NSP Chief Engineer’s office

Protest mode:CPI (M) MLA J. Ranga Reddy and others staging a dharna in front of the Nagarjunasagar Project Chief Engineer’s office on Thursday.- Photo: Singam Venkataramana
Protest mode:CPI (M) MLA J. Ranga Reddy and others staging a dharna in front of the Nagarjunasagar Project Chief Engineer’s office on Thursday.- Photo: Singam Venkataramana

A large number of farmers from the constituencies of Nagarjunasagar, Miryalaguda, Halia, and Kodad and CPI(M) activists, including legislator Julakanti Ranga Reddy, were arrested on Thursday when they tried to force their way into the Nagarjunasagar Project Chief Engineer’s office demanding release of water from the left canal for four lakh acres. They were released later.

The agitators blocked entry of the office staff during their protest programme. Since the Chief Engineer was not available, a party delegation, including N. Narasimha Reddy, district CPI(M) secretary, presented a memorandum to Deputy Chief Engineer Ramesh.

The memorandum sought release of water from the NSP Left Canal for rabi crop and filling of tanks under the EMR Project for the benefit of farmers.

It said about 90 TMC could be utilised to supply water for four lakh acres, thus providing employment to farmers, rice mill workers and agricultural labour.

Filling of tanks under EMRP would tide over the drought situation and boost groundwater, it said.

Addressing the demonstrators, Mr. Ranga Reddy charged Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy with neglecting the needs of farmers. He threatened to lay siege to the Chief Minister’s Office if the farmers’ demand for release of NSP Left Canal water is not met.

Mr. Reddy criticised other parties for showing more interest in regional issues, and disregarding the needs of ryots. He said while water was released for about 12 lakh acres in Krishna and Guntur districts, the irrigation needs of Nalgonda are being neglected.

Meanwhile, representatives of the Telangana Farmers Organisations’ Joint Action Committee, led by V. Panduranga Rao, convener, submitted a representation to Joint Collector Hari Jawaharlal to press the demand for NSP water for rabi. He had gone on an indefinite hunger strike, along with farmers. The JAC had organised a bandh on Wednesday in the four constituencies.

In a related development, activists of the YSR Congress Party staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate demanding release of NSP Left Canal water.


  • While water was released for about 12 lakh acres in Krishna and Guntur dists., irrigation needs of Nalgonda are being neglected

  • 90 TMC could be utilised to supply water for four lakh acres, thus providing employment to ryots, rice mill workers and agricultural labour



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