ANDHRA PRADESH

Three parties to lay siege to Nellore Collectorate

Staff Reporter

TDP, CPI(M), CPI seek release of water to Penna delta

Farming community to incur Rs. 300 crore loss All farmers in favour of modernisation works

NELLORE: In a bid to mount pressure on the district administration to release water for the second crop under Pennar delta, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Communist Party of India (Marxist) and CPI have decided to lay siege to the district Collectorate on March 28.

"With the administration postponing its decision to release water to the second crop, which could cause a loss of Rs 300 crores to the farming community in the district, the TDP, CPI and CPI (M) have chalked out an action plan to exert pressure on the Government," former Minister and TDP district president Somireddy Chandramohan Reddyold reporters on Monday.

Taking a dig at the Government, the TDP leader wondered as to why an all-party meeting as well as Irrigation Advisory Board (IAB) meet had not been convened to settle the issue.

"Many farmers are of the view that the district administration should have conducted both the meetings in the wake of denial to three package tenders. Had the meetings been conducted, many pertinent issues with regard to Penna delta modernisation and Sangam barrage works besides water to the second crop for farmers under the Penna delta would have been arisen," he claimed.

Modernisation works

Almost all farmers are in favour of modernisation works. But the administration should have taken the decision to take up works in early so that farmers could not have opted for water-intensive crops such as paddy, he said.

It may be recalled that the IAB meeting, which was held on February 10, could not take a final decision with officials in particular belonging to the Irrigation Department as well as legislators demanding more time to resolve the complex issue.

Sangam barrage works

In the meantime, works pertaining to the Sangam barrage have already begun while tender process for modernisation of delta work worth Rs 310 crores has also been completed.

But the issue has become complicated with one section of farmers belonging to delta areas of Vidavalur, Indukurpet, Thotapalli, Gudur, Muthukur mandals favouring modernisation works to be taken up first while farmers of Sangam, Buchi, Kovur, Kodavalur, Allur mandals demanding water for the second crop first.

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