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Chhattisgarh govt to oppose Polavaram dam at all levels మార్చి 19, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Bhadrachalam, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Identity, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, population.
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Chhattisgarh to hold public hearing on Polavaram irrigation project
Statesman News Service, 16 March 2011 The Statesman

RAIPUR, 16 March: Following strong objections realised against a planned Polavaram irrigation project by neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on the Godavari, Chhattisgarh today confirmed that the Centre has asked it to hold a public hearing on the issue.

“Union minister for forest and environment Mr Jairam Ramesh has agreed to hold a public hearing over Polavaram irrigation project after Chhattisgarh government strongly placed the case before him,’’ an official statement said. (మరింత…)

Parched Telangana, several towns reeling under drinking water crisis దాహం దాహం ఏప్రిల్ 21, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Culture, Economy, politics, population, Telangana.
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Water drying up in major irrigation projects of T
Several Towns Reeling Under Severe Drinking Water Crisis

Raghu Paithari | TNN Times of India, 22 April 2010

Nizamabad: Shrinking water levels in various irrigation projects in Nizamabad district have set the alarm bells ringing not only among the farmers and common public of the entire Telangana region but also the district authorities.

While the officials have attributed it to scanty rainfall and lack of floods in river Godavari, experts believe construction of small and medium irrigation projects across the Godavari and Manjeera in Maharashtra and Karnataka has led to drying up of several irrigation projects in Nizamabad.

Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP), considered as the lifeline of Telangana region, is reeling under severe water scarcity. “It’s not in a position to even supply drinking water to Metpalli, Korutla and Jagityal towns in Karimnagar district and Nirmal in Adilabad district,” a senior official said. Ironically, all these towns are located close to the project site or its canals. (మరింత…)

Settlers & Andhra capitalists story: Land grabbers’ fear of Mulkis & Maoists మార్చి 24, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhrapreneurship, Articles, corruption, Culture, Economy, Hyderabad, Mulki, Naxalite, politics, population, Rangareddy, Settler, suicide, Telangana, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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More Satyams in a new Telengana?
Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, 10 Mar 2010, The Economic Times

Carving small states (Jharkhand , Chattisgarh and Uttrakhand ) out of larger ones (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh ) has so far proved an economic success . Not only have the new states grown faster economically, even Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have experienced much faster growth after the separation, though not Madhya Pradesh. This appears to strengthen the case for creating more small states such as Telengana.

Yet a short visit I made to Andhra Pradesh showed dramatically that a separate Telengana could result in problems that other newly-created states have not experienced. The biggest is a problem of land ownership, and this could conceivably create new Satyams. In Hyderabad, some, though by no means all, businessmen talk with trepidation. The fears are highest among the Andhras, folk from the coastal districts, who fear they will be adversely affected and maybe even forced to flee by the local folk or mulkis.

One such businessman told me, “My driver, a local mulki, said to me, quite gently, that when I left Hyderabad after the separation of Telengana, could I please gift my car to him?” Another businessman trumped this with a better story. “My domestic servants”, he said, “requested me to hand over my house to them as and when I leave!” (మరింత…)

Medaram jatara exempted from bandh : T Students’ JAC జనవరి 21, 2010

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JAC exempts Medaram jatara from bandh
Express News Service: 21 Jan 2010

HYDERABAD: The Students Joint Action Committee (JAC) has extended the Telangana bandh by another day. The pro-Telangana activists, however, would not cause any hindrance to the Sammakka- Sarakka jatara starting in the next couple of days.

Following the lathicharge on the Osmania University students today, the JAC gave the bandh call. “Bandh will be enforced across Telangana.

However, we will not cause any hindrance to the buses plying to Medaram in Warangal district for the jatara scheduled to begin in the next couple of days,’’ OU JAC leader Rajesh said.

The Sammakka-Sarakka jatara is a major festival in Telangana and attracts lakhs of devotees from all Telangana districts, particularly the northern parts, apart from neighbouring States.

AP government trying for ‘safe mode’ on Telangana : GS Vasu జనవరి 14, 2010

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Telangana: AP government trying for ‘safe mode’
G S Vasu, New Indian Express: 14 Jan 2010 09:01:22 AM IST

HYDERABAD: Priority No 1: Restoration of peace and law and order. Priority No 2: Restoration of confidence of the industry. Priority No 3: Allaying perception that governance has come to a halt.

The January 5 Delhi declaration by political parties in Andhra Pradesh — “We will work to ensure that peace, harmony and law and order is maintained” — appears to be the bottom line for any progress to happen insofar as deliberations on the Telangana statehood issue are concerned.

Whether or not political parties have taken seriously the joint commitment they made, both the Centre and state have. (మరింత…)

Investors vs locals: Cyberabad as Hyperabad జనవరి 9, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, bandh, BJP, cinema, conflict resolution, Congress, corruption, cosmopolitan, CPI, Culture, displacement, Economy, GHMC, Hyderabad, Identity, local, MIM, movement, Nizam, politics, population, PRP, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, SRC, struggle, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Urdu, violence, Y S Jagan.
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OPEN 9 January 2010

Cyberabad as Hyperabad

The Telangana agitation has the city in hyperventilation mode on both sides of the divide. What’s hurting badly is Brand Hyderabad. By Anil B. Lulla

INSECURITY

Once there was a city that fancied itself as Cyberabad, rival to Bangalore as India’s infotech capital, blessed with silicon powered visitors from the US, and verily ennobled by the headquarters of a software exporter named Satyam. If Cyberabad went the ‘India Shining’ way, an illusion shattered by grim realities, it wasn’t long before Satyam’s halo was popped by revelations of corporate fraud. But Hyderabad took these as mere blows from which recovery was all but a matter of getting its wits together again—until Telangana burst onto the streets.

Today, businesses based in Hyderabad are a stricken lot, as this one-time seat of Nizami grandeur stares at an uncertain future. It is at the centre of a tussle between Andhra unionists, who reject the state’s proposed division and want to retain the city as its capital, and Telangana creationists, who want a separate state hewn out by that name with the city within its borders.

RIB YOU NOT

That business would flee the city if Telangana came into being was once just a wisecrack, given the sway of radical Maoists over this underdeveloped part of Andhra Pradesh. Now, it’s no idle threat. Worried by all the political unrest, the Andhra CM K Rosaiah expressed apprehension last week. “I have been told that many corporates are looking at options,’’ he said at a press conference, while appealing for peace. Next day, a frustrated CM said the film industry would go right back to Chennai if attacked by Telangana agitationists, whose litany of complaints includes the portrayal in villainous light of people from the neglected region. “More than 70 per cent of film industry workers are locals,” said the CM, “contrary to rumours being spread.”

Y Harishchandra Prasad, chairman of the AP chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), sums up the corporate mood: “The year 2009 started with the slowdown, and compounded with the shock over Satyam, general elections, political instability over the YSR succession issue and floods, we have finally entered a state of numbness—with cascading regional biases and agitations vertically dividing the state of 85 million. Not just law makers, even law enforcers are divided.” (మరింత…)

Exodus of Gothi Koyas from strife torn Chattisgarh into Bhadrachalam జనవరి 2, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, attrocities, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, Culture, displacement, Economy, Koya, livelihoods, Naxalite, Polavaram, politics, population, ST, Telangana, violence.
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Over 16,000 migrant Gothi koyas identified in Khammam district

Special Correspondent, The Hindu January 2, 2010

They hail from strife-torn districts of Chhattisgarh

BHADRACHALAM: A habitation-wise enumeration taken up by an official agency in coordination with some non- governmental organisations working on the problems of internally displaced persons (IDPs) helped in identifying some 16,361 Gothi koyas who migrated to Khammam from the strife-torn districts in Chhattisgarh.

The migrant population could find shelter in 203 habitations, mainly in Bhadrachalam revenue division.

As many as 110 of the Gothi koya habitations had come up in the reserve forests and a few of them fell in the core area. This rendered the provision of basic amenities an impossible task. The administration prepared plans for reaching out to a majority of the 4,030 migrant families living in 20 tribal mandals in the district with facilities such as drinking water, nutrition, medicare and education. It would be difficult to cater to the needs of the IDPs in the event of a fresh wave of migrations, said the officials.

Though migration of Gothi koyas was common to the district for the past two decades, the problem assumed serious proportion after 2004, especially once the Salva Judum activists began to take on the Maoists in Chhattisgarh. Initially, some non-governmental organisations came forward to sink borewells in such habitations. (మరింత…)

No Compromise on Hyderabad : KCR డిసెంబర్ 21, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, compromise, Congress, Culture, Economy, GHMC, Godavari, Hyderabad, Identity, KCR, KTR, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, MIM, Mulki, Muslim, Osmania, politics, population, Rayalaseema, Settler, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Vishakapatnam.
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No compromise on the status of Hyderabad

G S Vasu
New Indian Express: 22 Dec 2009 12:34:46 AM IST

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao firmly believes that creation of a Telangana State is only a matter of time. He rules out any compromise on the status of Hyderabad, asserting that it has to be the capital of Telangana, but at the same time, reassures that people from the other regions would be welcome here even after separation. Excerpts from an interview:

Q: Do you think that the Centre will keep its commitment on creation of a Telangana State?

A: I have no doubt whatsoever and I am willing to wait to enable the Centre take forward the process. I am sure the Home Ministry has already initiated the process. Those, who are against it, are now saying that the Assembly should necessarily pass a resolution. This is not correct. According to Article 3 of the Indian Constitution, the President is only required to refer the matter to the Assembly for “expression of its views.” The view of the Assembly is not binding and this was clearly laid down by the Supreme Court on more than one occasion including at the time of the formation of Bombay (Maharashtra) State. What everyone should understand is that the decision was announced on behalf of the Government of India and by the Union Home Minister whose ministry has to deal with issues relating to separation of states. As far as geographical territory is concerned, Telangana as a state was administered either by the Government of India or a local government for eight years before it was merged with the Andhra State to create Andhra Pradesh. Therefore, the Telangana region that existed as on October 31, 1956, (before the merger) can be separated again now. There are established procedures to settle other issues like bifurcation of assets, sharing of resources, etc., and they can be followed.

Q What is your response to the agitation in coastal and Rayalaseema regions that the state should remain united?
A: There is no basis for their argument and they have no clarity on what they are seeking. The so-called “Samaikhya Andhra” stir (united Andhra) has no samaikhyata (unity) at all. Chiranjeevi has his own agenda. Chandrababu Naidu of TDP has his own. They know that separation is a reality and are only preparing for future political activity in the coastal and Rayalaseema regions. In fact, the agitation is being run by a handful of vested interests (read businessmen-politicians) who have made huge investments in real estate in Hyderabad and are, therefore, keen on status quo. I am getting hundreds of messages from ordinary people in coastal and Rayalaseema regions that they would be happy if the state is created because that would spur growth in their regions. I am sure the Union Government will sooner than later put an end to this artificial agitation in the other two regions.

Q: The bone of contention, if the state has to be split, appears to be Hyderabad. Are you open for any options?
A: There are no options. Hyderabad has always been a part of Telangana and will remain so. The proposal in certain quarters that it could be made a common capital is meaningless and impractical. Any capital is formed from the point of view of administrative convenience. From any part of Andhra, one has to travel 200 km through Telangana to reach Hyderabad. When the state is split, why would the people of coastal region prefer to do this? In fact, they would like their capital to be closer to them and develop. People are going to beat coastal leaders if they propose a common capital. Yes, for some time, may be a year or two, the coastal government can run its affairs from Hyderabad till infrastructure is created in their capital. (మరింత…)

Hyderabad master plan for 60 lakh people by 2031 డిసెంబర్ 18, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Economy, GHMC, heritage, Hyderabad, landuse, livelihoods, Musi, population, Rangareddy.
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Revised draft master plan of erstwhile MCH ready

S Bachan Jeet Singh,
Express News Service, First Published: 18 Dec 2009 02:50:00 AM IST

HYDERABAD: Finally, the revised draft master plan for the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) is ready.

Before getting nod from the State Government, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) will call for suggestions and objections from the public by giving them time for two months.

Citizens can submit their suggestions and objections, if any, to the HMDA between December 18, 2009 and February 18, 2010.

The revised master plan makes provisions for an estimated population of around 60 lakh by 2031 with adequate reservation for future residential zones and related amenity areas. (మరింత…)