Plant is proposed to be set up in Karimnagar

It is yet another conspiracy to belittle Telangana: former MP

Ministers Mukesh Goud and Danam Nagender asked not to provoke people

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has demanded that the government withdraw its moves to scale down the generation capacity of the power project to be taken up by Andhra Pradesh Genco in Karimnagar district.

The TRS described the government’s decision to downsize its capacity from 2,100 MW to 700 MW as “a mega deception” of the people of Telangana.

Apprehensions

Expressing apprehensions over commencement of works on the power generation plant, TRS former Member of Parliament B. Vinod Kumar faulted the government’s reported decision to change the fuel from natural gas to liquefied natural gas which was much more costly.

Mr. Vinod Kumar described the decision, reportedly taken at a review meeting by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah at a time when the movement for separate Telangana was at its peak, was yet another “conspiracy to belittle Telangana”. “Leaders who are championing the cause of unified State should respond to this,” he said.

Claim rejected

The TRS senior leader rejected the government’s claim that the project was being downsized as a pipeline network from Krishna-Godavari basin was not available.

“While the Reliance Industries Limited is scouting for buyers for the gas extracted from K-G basin, the government claims there is no availability of fuel. How can the government arrive at such conclusion even before the RIL finalised its pipeline network design?” he asked.

Replying to queries, he advised Ministers -- M. Mukesh Goud and Danam Nagender -- against provoking people in the name of peace rallies.

Stating that the TRS was not against people from other regions residing in Telangana, he said the party was opposed to only those who were working against separate Statehood.

‘Charges baseless’

Asked about the charges of extortion being levelled against TRS leadership, he asked the leaders who were making such “unnecessary and baseless charges to insult the Telangana movement” to substantiate their allegations with proof.