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Withdraw Polavaram, says Telangana Congress అక్టోబర్ 23, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram, Telangana.

Telangana Congress leaders oppose Polavaram

HYDERABAD: Making public their opposition to the construction of Polavaram project across Godavari, senior Congress leaders from Telangana have suggested construction of seven barrages to bring down the cost of the project and avoid extensive submergence of land.

At a meeting of party seniors at the residence of former Minister Palvai Goverdhan Reddy here of Friday, they felt that there was urgent need to discuss the fate of the irrigation projects in Telangana. The meeting, which was attended by former Home Minister K. Jana Reddy, MLCs – K. Yadava Reddy and K. R. Amos and former MLC B. Kamalakar Rao favoured redesigning of the project.

They concluded that the seven barrages could be constructed at half the cost of the present allocation for Polavaram. Leaders pointed out that Polavaram project involved extensive submergence of villages in not only AP but Orissa and Chhattisgarh. The barrages would reduce the scope for submergence of villages, facilitate more power generation and irrigate more land.

They also felt that there was immediate need to revive the activities of Telangana Regional Congress Coordination Committee (TRCCC) to not only discuss the irrigation projects but also the Supreme Court decision on Hyderabad as ‘free zone’.

Mr. Jana Reddy reportedly briefed the leaders as to how the disparity in the affidavits could have resulted in the latest judgement. He reportedly suggested that while filing a review petition was the best option, other way like seeking a central amendment was must to rectify the anomaly. The leaders lamented that proper care was not taken by the Government, when the affidavit was filed in the Supreme Court.

source: The Hindu, Oct 24, 2009 http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/24/stories/2009102460880700.htm



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