ANDHRA PRADESH

BJP flays plan to tap Godavari water for city

Special Correspondent

Says Krishna project is an economical option

Krishna water project can be completed with Rs. 700 croresRs. 2,400 crores required for bringing Godavari water to city

HYDERABAD: The Bharatiya Janata Party asked the Government to complete the third phase of Krishna Drinking Water Supply Project for the twin cities before taking up the ambitious plan to tap Godavari water.

"It is amusing to note why the Government wants Godavari water when the Krishna third phase can be completed in a year with Rs. 700 crores unlike the astronomical Rs. 2,400 crores required for bringing Godavari by 2009," the party State general secretary K. Laxman sought to know at a press conference here on Thursday.

Rayalaseema benefited

The Krishna third phase, he said, was deliberately scrapped by the Congress Government to divert Krishna water from Pothireddypadu Head Regulator to Rayalaseema region at the cost of Hyderabad. "The third phase allocation amounting to 90 million gallons per day belongs to the State capital. Why should the Government go for outlandish Godavari plan when a more economical and easier option was available in the form of Krishna third phase?" he asked.

Dr. Laxman said Hyderabad was exploding at its seams with crumbling traffic and civic infrastructure. While the Government trumpeted the concept of Greater Hyderabad, there was no comprehensive plan to translate it into a reality. "Its population is tipped to touch the 1.70 crores mark by 2031, but the city's appalling infrastructure collapsed totally and is in no position to handle even the present population," he pointed out.

The election campaign of contestants to the Legislative Council, he said, was reduced to a money laundering exercise and brought down the stature of the State's Upper House. "People with no inkling of politics are in the fray and making a mockery of the Legislative Council." City BJP president Prem Singh Rathore, his predecessor Venkataramani also spoke.