‘Spell out stand on Indirasagar project’

Staff Reporter

Chief Minister tells ‘Grand alliance’ partners

Chief Minister flies to the project site for inspection of dam works

YSR seeks three years of time for completion of the mutli-crore project

POLAVARAM (WEST GODAVARI DIST.): Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Sunday dared the TDP-TRS-Left ‘grand alliance’ to spell out its stand on Indirasagar project issue.

Dr. Reddy took his time off from his two-day busy schedule in the district to fly to the project site for inspection of the dam works and pick the holes in the grand alliance that took a concrete shape with the tete-a-tete of TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu at the latter’s residence yesterday.

Blaming the ‘cynical’ approach adopted by the TRS and the CPI (M) vis-À-vis the project, the Chief Minister said the TDP ows a reply to the people from the coastal Andhra on the issue for joining hands with ‘negative forces’.

“It’s an opportunistic alliance based on ideological comprises,” he commented on the formation of the alliance.

The Praja Rajyam party also lacks commitment and had taken an opportunistic stand with regard to the TRS.

“People are wise enough to know your true colours and you (the Opposition) can’t cheat them any longer,” he maintained.

The Chief Minister alleged that construction of diaphragm walls at the dam site is delayed by more than a year even after deployment of high-cost machinery worth over Rs. 40 crore from foreign countries because of the hurdles created by the TRS and the CPI (M) in the form of court litigations and applying pressures on the related government departments in several forms against the issue of forest clearance, he said. He asserted that the people of Telangana will not have any problem if the dam is built near Polavaram.

The TRS does not have any right to ruin the livelihood of people in the other regions, he said. Besides, the spillway works and tunnel works in the forest area are also delayed because of the objections raised by the duo over accordance of forest clearance by the government.

Nod secured

“By God’s grance, all the permissions have been secured now after three years of the delay and no force can scuttle the project,” he added.

The Chief Minister sought another three years of time for completion of the mutli-crore project.

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