ANDHRA PRADESH

TDP anti-Telangana, says Minister

Special Correspondent

Slams party leaders for opposing Dummugudem project

HYDERABAD: Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah on Wednesday demanded that the Telugu Desam leaders tender apology to the people of Telangana for opposing Dummugudem project that will benefit four districts.

“The TDP leaders are trying to work against the interests of Telangana region by opposing Dummugudem project. There is no point opposing the project that will benefit Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Khammam and other districts,” he said. Mr. Lakshmaiah was speaking to reporters after participating in a meeting convened by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to review the progress of works on Pulichintala project.

‘Survival tactic’

Expressing concern that 4,000 tmc ft of Godavari water was going waste every year, he said the project proposed at Dummugudem would help harness a major portion of the floodwater going waste.

Moreover, the project was aimed at supplementing requirements of other major projects planned in Telangana region.

“In opposing Dummugudem project, the TDP leaders are showing how desperate they are in ensuring their survival,” he said.

Deadline

Asked about the review meeting, he said the Chief Minister had set January 2009 as deadline for completion of Pulichintala project and warned the officials concerned against any complacency in this regard.

Besides ensuring timely release of funds to the construction agencies, officials had been asked to expedite clearances for the project.

The Minister, on his part, had been instructed to review the progress of works every fortnight and undertake inspection of works once in every two months. “Dr. Reddy warned the officials that he will not tolerate any delays in implementing the project,” he said.



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