HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will leave for New Delhi on Friday on a two-day visit.

The Chief Minister is scheduled to meet the Union Ministers of Finance, Agriculture, Power, Industries and others to explain the problems faced by the State and seek their assistance in overcoming them. He is likely to represent the concerns of the State over structures like barrages being erected across Krishna and Godavari by the neighbouring Karnataka and Maharashtra governments to the Union Water Resources Ministry requesting it to prevail upon the two governments to stop their construction.

Joint venture status

Dr. Reddy, officials said, will also take up with the Centre the status of the NTPC-BHEL joint venture in Chittoor district. He is likely to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after the latter returns from Egypt urging him to stop ‘monopolisation’ of the Krishna-Godavari basin gas find by Reliance Industries Limited. Dr. Reddy will request the Union Food and Agriculture Ministry officials to provide adequate godown space for storing the agriculture produce procured from farmers.

He is also scheduled to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi, senior party leader Ahmed Patel and M. Veerappa Moily in charge of AP affairs to appraise them of the political situation in the State before returning to the city on July 18.