V. Raghavendra

Lays stone for Yeleru modernisation works

Rs. 250 crores to be released for Polavaram works

Chief Minister flays parties in Grand alliance

Prattipadu (East Godavari): Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has attributed delay in completion of major irrigation project -- Polavaram (Indirasagar) -- to the opposition parties. He said the pressure built up by his government, particularly by local MP Vundavalli Arunakumar on Central government, resulted in getting all clearances for the project. He was addressing a mammoth gathering after laying the foundation for Yeleru irrigation system modernisation with Rs. 138 crores at Dharmavaram in Prattipadu mandal on Friday evening.

The Chief Minister said that when he was coming by helicopter to this place he saw the river Godavari which was almost dried up which was not happened in last several decades. “If Polavaram project was completed by this time, we can save 11 lakh acres of ayacut in the Godavari Delta,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that the government would release Rs.250 crores next month to expedite the works of Polavaram project.

Comparing the performance of his government and that of the opposition Telugu Desam, Dr. Reddy said: “When NTR was Chief Minister he gave one HP of power at Rs.50 and rice for Rs. 2 per kg. After sabotaging NTR, Chandrababu Naidu came to power and immediately hiked the power tariff to Rs.350 per one HP and rice from Rs.2 to Rs.5.20.”

Corruption charges

He criticized that the parties in Grand alliance have no moral and ethical values and each party lost its credibility in public. The corruption charges that the opposition was making against the government can be proved by using Right to Information Act. He lashed out at Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi by alleging that he made no contribution to his native village or State.

He said that Yeleru canal modernisation would start in April this year and tenders were already called. It would be completed by 2011. The canal would irrigate 53,102 acres in seven mandals. Mr. Arunakumar also spoke. Local MLA Varupula Subba Rao and others participated.