Naidu is coming in the way of Palamur, Dindi Projects: Harish Rao

HYDERBAD: Even after a year of bifurcation, AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is hatching conspiracies against Telangana State development, Irrigation Minister Harish Rao alleged.

Addressing media at Telangana Bhavan here on Friday, the minister slammed his AP counterpart Devineni Uma Maheshwara Rao for trying to create hurdles to the Palamur Lift Scheme and Dindi project saying that Telangana Government has no permission for its irrigation projects.

Rao accused Naidu Government of coming in the way of Telangana State, which was planning to complete one irrigation project in the backward Palamur district noted for migration of labour in search of livelihood.

Naidu, who adopted the district, has failed to develop it and only added to the woes of migration, he alleged. The minister sought to know whether the AP Government completed all the formalities for Handri-Neeva, Pothireddypadu, Pattiseema and Polavaram.

The Naidu Government was raising objections to Palamur Ranga Reddy lift schemes through Krishna River, which falls under HMDA limits. “When Madras, the capital city of the neighboring Tamil Nadu can get Krishna waters, why not Palamur district?” he asked.

Ridiculing AP Irrigation Minister Maheshwara Rao’s remarks against the two projects, Rao said that as per Bachawat Tribunal, Telangana would get 40 TMCof water from any project, including Pattiseema to draw 80 TMC by the AP Government, he said.

He also criticized Naidu by saying that he managed to get permissions from centre by violating norms for Polavaram Project despite objections from Odisha and Chattisgarh.

Rao pointed out that while the erstwhile Rajashekar Reddy Government had prepared a detailed project report for Dindi project, Kiran Kumar Reddy Government had issued a GO for survey of Palamur scheme.

“We are taking up these old projects to provide irrigation and drinking waters to three districts, and Naidu was unhappy at this development”, he charged.

Rao also asked the Telangana TD leaders Ramana and Errabelli DayakarRao whether they support the two projects for Telangana people or remain henchmen of Naidu, who was bent on creating hurdles to these projects.  (NSS)

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