The CPI unit on Thursday staged a dharna in front of the Sub Collector's Office demanding that the State government take up Budameru modernisation work immediately.

Addressing the gathering, party city secretary Donepudi Sankar said the government, during Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s tenure, had planned for permanent solution to the vexed problem of overflowing. The government then announced that works estimated at Rs.30 crore would be taken up to prevent inundation. The State witnessed three Chief Ministers thereafter, but the plans did not materialise, he said.

Vijayawada Municipal Corporation officials submitted proposals valued at Rs.35 crore to the government, but Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had stated that the proposals would be examined by a high-power committee and it was nothing short of hoodwinking the people, he opined.

The government failed to increase the capacity of Budameru diversion channel to 37,000 cusecs. Irrigation officials released water at Velagaleru even at 10,000 cusecs of flood.

It inundated many areas, including Rotary Nagar, Joji Nagar, Urmila Subba Rao Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Old Rajarajeswaripeta, New Rajarajeswaripeta, Basavataraka Nagar, Ajithsingh Nagar, Payakapuram, Indira Nayak Nagar, and Kandrika. Officials, MLAs, and the MP were seen nowhere despite such a situation developing in the city, he alleged.

The corporation should take up construction of KL Nagar, Old Rajarajeswaripeta-New Rajarajeswaripeta Budameru outfall drain, Kandrika-Gunadala outfall drain, and Inner Ring Road (IRR) outfall drain at a faster pace. The VMC should take up measures to complete them at the earliest, he said.