ANDHRA PRADESH

Canal modernisaton: YSR seeks Satya Sai Baba's intervention

LOOK NO FURTHER: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy having a darshan of Satya Saibaba at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi on Monday.  

Staff Reporter

PUTTAPARTHI: Peeved over the lack of positive response from Karnataka to the proposal for modernising Tungabhadra Right High Level Canal, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has sought the intervention of Satya Sai Baba.

During his hour-long meeting with Sai Baba at Prashanti Nilayam on Monday, Dr. Reddy urged the spiritual leader to advise his Karnataka counterpart, Dharam Singh, to agree to the proposal for widening and modernising the canal, as it would benefit farmers of both States. Mr. Singh is scheduled to visit Puttaparthi on November 22 and 23.

Presently, the canal serves some ayacut in Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool districts.

During Rajiv Pallebata in Kadiri area on Sunday the Chief Minister stated that there was no positive response from Karnataka on the issue though he had met Mr. Singh on three occasions. His cabinet colleagues and legislators also met him thrice.

Blessings sought

Talking to reporters at the airport near here before leaving for Hyderabad in a special aircraft the Chief Minister told mediapersons that he had darshan of Sai Baba and had sought his blessing for the State (people) and the Government.

Dr. Reddy expressed gratitude to Sai Baba for implementing the drinking water project in tribal areas of East and West Godavari districts. He stated the schemes were in progress. The Chief Minister further requested Sai Baba to implement similar schemes -- drinking water to tribal areas, in Khammam, Warangal, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts. Sai Baba promised to examine the proposal.

The Chief Minister stated that he had also explained to Sai Baba that his Government was making efforts to irrigate backward areas in South Telangana, South Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema by diverting Godavari waters to Krishna basin. Sai Baba had complimented and blessed the efforts of the Government and wished him success.

When the Chief Minister explained that Handri-Neeva project being implemented by the Government would also benefit the future generations in Rayalaseema, Sai Baba wished the Chief Minister every success.

Along with the Chief Minister, Ministers J.C. Diwakar Reddy, N. Raghuveera Reddy, J. Geeta Reddy and G. Surya Rao, and others also had darshan of Sai Baba.