ANDHRA PRADESH

Subsidy sought for horticulture

ADILABAD, JULY 24. The Adilabad District Congress Committee (DCC) will seek provision of 90 per cent subsidy on horticulture in the district given the thrust in this area. Horticulture exists in about 4,000 acres in the district and the process to bring more area under it is on.

Bio diesel plantation

The DCC president, P. Ravinder Rao, told reporters here on Saturday that during the July 25 visit of the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, to Adilabad in connection with the Rajiv Palle Bata, the Congress party would also seek concessions for taking up bio diesel tree plantation in the district along the banks of three big rivers and the large water bodies here.

He said every year the embankments of water tanks and the banks of Penganga, Godavari and Pranahita breach due to flooding. Soil erosion could be effectively halted if plantation was taken up in about 5,000 acres along the banks. Bio diesel plantations could serve the purpose better, he added.

Repairs to irrigation projects

The Congress would also seek more hostels for tribal students besides allocations for repairs to the old Sadarmat, Kadam and Chellampeta irrigation projects. He said Rs. 25 crores would be sought for repairs to Sadarmat in Khanapur mandal and Rs. 135 crores for the remaining two irrigation facilities.

The party would also take up the issue pertaining to the 80 km road connecting Ichoda mandal headquarter town in Adilabad and Metpalli town in Karimnagar district. This would considerably reduce the distance between the two districts, he said.

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