Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam Party has expressed doubts about the planned completion of irrigation projects in the next two years.

K. Srihari, TDP general secretary, and S. Maruthi, MLA, told a press conference here on Tuesday that the Government should raise Rs. 1 lakh crore needed to complete the 46 irrigation projects for irrigating one crore acres.

They expressed reservations whether the Government would be able to execute the projects in the fixed time frame.

The leaders countered Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's claim that the Government had completed five irrigation projects after assuming power in 2004. Mr. Srihari said the five projects --Sunkesula barrage, Alagnur balancing reservoir, Telugu Ganga Project A and B bund, near Mydukur, Karvada canal in East Godavari district and Jhanjavathi -- were in advanced stage of completion when the Congress came to power.

More than 95 per cent of the work was executed during the TDP regime and the new Government only completed the remaining work and could not claim credit for accomplishing the task, they pointed out.

Mr. Srihari alleged that the Government had totally ignored Sriramsagar II work as also that of the flood flow canal.