ANDHRA PRADESH

`CM not interested in completing irrigation projects'

CUDDAPAH, MARCH. 3. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, has scant interest in completing irrigation projects, the member of Proddatur in the dissolved Assembly, N. Varadarajulu Reddy, has alleged.

Addressing a press conference at Proddatur, Mr. Reddy questioned the inordinate delay in taking up Gandikota reservoir under the Galeru Nagari project, for which he laid the foundation stone nine years ago. Mr. Naidu made paltry budgetary allocations and took no steps to ensure the progress of works to fulfil his promise of providing irrigation to Kamalapuram constituency, he alleged.

Stating that the Government had spent a few lakhs of rupees on the project so far, he criticised the member of Kamalapuram in the dissolved Assembly, M.V. Mysoora Reddy, for maintaining that the project would be completed whether or not the TDP regained power. He advised Dr. Mysoora Reddy to desist from showering praises on the Chief Minister, just because he had joined the ruling party.

He recalled that Dr. Mysoora Reddy was among the Congressmen who planted saplings near the foundation stone of Gandikota project decrying the TDP Government's neglect. Dr. Mysoora Reddy, who staged padayatras and agitations questioning the Government's sincerity on completing Gandikota, should ponder if his recent claims were justified, Mr. Varadarajulu Reddy advised.

The TDP rule witnessed a spate of foundation stones laying, without undertaking works, he said.

The Congress leaders, E.V. Sudhakar Reddy, M. Satyanarayana, Chandra Obul Reddy, Basheer Ahmed, A. Ramamohan Reddy and D. Gangi Reddy, also participated.