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Irrigation projects detrimental to Telangana: Ikya Vedika

Monday 10 January 2005

NIZAMABAD, JAN. 9. The Telangana Ikya Vedika has criticised the Congress Government for planning to take up irrigation projects to the detriment of the Telangana region.

By Our Staff Reporter

Speaking at a meeting on the Godavari-Manjira water utilisation for the benefit of the region at Kamareddy on Sunday, the TIV president, Kesav Rao Jadav, said the river water and other resources due to the region were being enjoyed by people from Coastal Andhra.

No benefit to region

He said the Congress Government had taken up the construction of irrigation projects only to serve their interests and the interests of the regions other than Telangana. The socio-economic life in Telangana would further deteriorate under Congress rule, he feared.

The Human Rights Forum leader, K. Balagopal, observed that the backward Telangana region would not be benefited with the projects proposed to be constructed now. "While Chandrababu Naidu laid roads, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is digging canals,’’ he remarked.

He said the Government had commenced the "jalayagnam’’ without water and clearances. The people of Telangana had no other option than the Godavari water to irrigate their lands, he maintained.

Expressing the same view, irrigation experts Vidyasagar Rao and Bheemaiah opined that the Godavari water could be utilised in the region through lift irrigation schemes. The Telugu Desam Party district president, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, said his party would support the agitation for the Godavari waters.

The Bharatiya Janata Party boycotted the meeting midway, following some critical remarks against the National Democratic Alliance and the party made by a senior journalist, Pasam Yadagiri.

The BJP district president, Y. Lakshminarayana, and the general secretary, Bharath Reddy, asked Mr. Yadagiri to desist from making charges against their party in the meeting as it was not a forum nor the right occasion.

All major political parties—CPI(M), CPI and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi—were invited to the meeting. However, the Congress did not attend. The TRS president, A.S. Poshetty, the TIV general secretary, Hanmanlu, and a farmers’ leader, Anksapur Ashok Reddy, also spoke.

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