TAMIL NADU

MLA's plea to keep G.O. 170 in abeyance

Staff Reporter

KADAPA: CPI(M) State Secretariat member and Kurnool MLA M.A. Gafoor on Thursday demanded that the State Government keep G.O. 170 in abeyance and convene an all-party meeting to infuse confidence among leaders and people of other regions that their ayacut interests would be safeguarded.

Addressing a press conference here, he favoured G.O. 170 proposing enhancement of capacity of Pothireddipadu head regulator, but decried the Government's unilateral decision on the issue. Irrigation interests of Rayalaseema need to be safeguarded and CPI(M) has no objections to drawal of flood water, but notions among leaders of other regions should be dispelled as the G.O. was issued unilaterally in haste, he observed.

Resenting TRS and some Congress leaders' tirade against enhancing Pothireddipadu head regulator capacity, he said irrigation projects in backward areas should be accorded priority.

Why should Telangana leaders object to augmentation of irrigation facilities in Rayalaseema when projects such as Kalwakurthy and Nettempadu were being executed, he questioned.

CPI(M) was backing Pulichintala project, which falls in a backward area, but opposing Polavaram project which would displace two lakh persons, he contended.

Notions prevailing in other regions were giving scope for regional conflicts and arousing regional passions, he cautioned. The Government which convened an all-party meeting on Fab City issue, ought to have done so on Pothireddipadu head regulator issue, he maintained. The Government would have to bear the consequences if it hesitates to call for an all-party meet on Pothireddipadu, he said. An all-party meeting convened by leaders at Kadapa did not invite CPI(M) leaders, he said.

Mr. Gafoor disputed the demand for Siddheswaram project, when the water level mooted in the project will be maintained at Pothireddipadu head regulator.

Veteran Communist leader Putchalapalli Sundaraiah has proposed in his book ways to irrigate all districts and areas in Rayalaseema region, he said.

Projects

Projects in backward areas such as Rayalaseema region, North Coastal region, Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda districts should be completed on priority, rather than taking up all projects at once and struggle to make budgetary allocations, he asserted.

He charged leaders of TRS and some Congressmen of exploiting backwardness to gain political mileage. The Government should assure other areas that such projects to draw flood water on other areas would be built in due course.