River-linking Polavaram project in more controversies అక్టోబర్ 30, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Bhadrachalam, Congress, Economy, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, politics, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Ministers squabble on Polavaram
October 31st, 2009
By Our Correspondent
Hyderabad, Oct. 30: A sustained campaign by a section of senior Congress leaders against the Polavaram project has irked their counterparts from the beneficiary districts.
This has come at a time when the Centre is all set to accord national project status to the Polavaram project. The Centre will bear 90 per cent of the project cost once it is accorded the national status.
Taking a cue from the Congress leaders, the Left parties and Telangana Rashtra Samithi have revived their demand for scrapping Polavaram and taking up a couple of minor projects in its place.
The pro-project sections are waiting for the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, to make the government’s stand clear not just on Polavaram but the entire Jalayagnam. Mr Rosaiah has reviewed every subject except irrigation. Sources said he postponed the Jalayagnam review twice.
The irrigation officials said the government would lose the grant of Rs 25,000 crore over a period of time if any of the projects were scrapped.
The earlier union minister of water sources, Prof. Saifuddin Souz, had identified 25 projects including Pranahitha Chevella for completion under the PM’s package for distressed districts.
The Centre accordingly relaxed norms and agreed to fund these projects under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme.
“Our leaders are even going against the spirit of Dr Manmohan Singh who wrote a letter to YSR asking him to ensure speedy completion of irrigation projects,” a senior minister from coastal districts pointed out.
The major irrigation minister, Mr Ponnala Lakshamaiah, said the Polavaram project would get clearance from the forest department and then the matter would be placed before the Union Cabinet.