Triumphant KCR Flays Opposition
- Attacks Uttam, Jana
- Says he won’t succumb
Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhara Rao and several ministers were accorded a rousing welcome at Begumpet airport on Wednesday evening on their arrival from Mumbai where a historic agreement was signed with Maharashtra government yesterday on Godavari waters. Deputy CM Mahmood Ali, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, Finance Minister Etala Rajendra were among those who accompanied the CM. Thousands of formers thronged the airport to receive the CM and others.
KCR attacked both the Congress party and the TDP for opposing the agreement with Maharashtra. He claimed that his government has been governing without corruption. He named TOCC President Uttam Kumar Reddy for his strong criticism. He alleged that both the Congress and the TDP congress governments had cheated the people of Telangana in the case of Nagarjuna Sagar project and Jurala project. KCR said his government would file cases against the opposition leaders who are making baseless allegations. After his speech, KCR has proceeded to the Camp Office from the airport at the head of a massive procession.
A new chapter in the inter-State relationship has been unveiled yesterday when Telangana State Chief Minister and his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis and both the States signed three agreements. This would help TS to irrigate 39 lakh acres of parched land by constructing three barrages across three rivers- Penganga, Pranahita and Godavari. The first inter-State Board meeting on Godavari was held in Mumbai on Tuesday in the presence of Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, several ministers and top officials from both the States. KCR had termed the agreements as historic marking a golden chapter in good neighbourly relations. KCR also said that his government would also strive to have bilateral agreement with Maharashtra with regard to Krishna waters. Telangana State has no intention of taking water allocated for other States but is interested only in ensuring that a judicious share in the river waters is allocated and provided to it.
The agreements were signed at Sahyadri Guest House on construction of a barrage across Prabahita at Tummidihatti in Adilabad district with 148 metre full reservoir level (FRL). The second barrage is proposed to be built across Godavari river at Medigadda in Karimnagar district. It will have 100 metre FRL. The third one would be at Chankha-Korata in Adilabad district across Penganga with 213 metre FRL. This barrage will help irrigate some lands in Maharashtra as well. The capacity of barrages designed at the three places is 1.8 TMC ft, 16.17 TMC ft and 0.85 TMC ft respectively. The total utilisation would be 200 TMC ft. Medigadda barrage to be situated in the downstream of Kaleswaram will store 16 TMC ft water. This will irrigate 18. 29 lakh acres of land in Karimnagar, Warangal, Medak, Nizamabad and Nalgonda districts. Tammidihetti barrage would irrigate 2 lakh acres in Adilabad district. Chanakha-Korataka barrage would irrigate about 50,000 acres of land in Adilabad district beside some thousands of acres in Maharashtra.