ANDHRA PRADESH

BJP seeks all-party meet on pending projects

ANANTAPUR NOV. 24. The State president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Chilakam Ramachandra Reddy, has urged the Government to convene an all-party meeting on the issues of pending irrigation projects and utilisation of river waters.

Addressing a press conference here today, he called upon all political parties to be united to ensure completion of the pending projects in the State. He mentioned that the unity exhibited by parties in Tamil Nadu on the issue of Cauvery had resulted in success for the State.

He stated that Karnataka had constructed several projects on the Krishna but Andhra Pradesh was way behind. He suggested the Government to utilise the surplus waters of the Krishna and Godavari rivers as about 1,700 tmcft, including 700 tmcft allocated water, was flowing waste into the sea. About 100 tmcft of Godavari waters could be diverted to Krishna basin in the State, he said.

About 35 lakh acres in Telangana, 8 lakh acres in Rayalaseema and 7 lakh acres in north coastal Andhra regions would be brought under irrigation if all the pending projects were completed in the State, Mr. Ramachandra Reddy said.

The waters of the Krishna were not being utilised efficiently in the State as the Government was not allocating funds for modernisation and strengthening of the existing canal systems, he felt. He claimed tremendous response from the people to his party's `Sasyasyamala yatra'.