Andhra shifted NS dam: KCR

Deccan Chronicle - - POLITICS - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao an­nounced at a pub­lic meet­ing in Suryapet that two new med­i­cal col­leges will be es­tab­lished in Nalgonda and Suryapet.

He took the op­por­tu­nity to be­lit­tle the pre­vi­ous Con­gress gov­ern­ment by al­leg­ing that it had ma­nip­u­lated the site se­lected for the con­struc­tion of the Na­gar­ju­nasagar pro­ject to ben­e­fit Andhra.

“The original name of Na­gar­ju­nasagar pro­ject was Nandikonda pro­ject. It was to be con­structed at Ye­leswaram. But the site was changed to ben­e­fit Andhra at the cost of Te­lan­gana. Even the pro­ject name was changed,” Mr Rao said.

He al­leged that the Con­gress gov­ern­ment in un­di­vided AP had dis­crim­i­nated against Te­lan­gana.

“The Con­gress gov­ern­ment had agreed to bear the ex­penses of main­te­nance and power charges to sup­ply ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter through right canal which falls un­der the Andhra re­gion but im­posed a bur­den on us to sup­ply wa­ter through the left canal which falls un­der the Te­lan­gana re­gion. Is this not dis­crim­i­na­tion,” Mr Rao asked.

He ac­cused Te­lan­gana Con­gress lead­ers of be­ing hyp­ocrites.

“TPCC chief Ut­tam Ku­mar Reddy now raises hue and cry over land ac­qui­si­tion for projects and com­pen­sa­tion. He re­mained silent when the Con­gress gov­ern­ment ac­quired thou­sands of acres in Kham­mam and Nalgonda dis­tricts for the Pulich­in­tala pro­ject, which ben­e­fits Andhra, and paid a pal­try com­pen­sa­tion to farmers. We are now giv­ing com­pen­sa­tion as per market rates but still he is try­ing to ob­struct our projects,” Mr Rao said.

The CM vowed to com­plete the Kalesh­waram pro­ject, which would pro­vide a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to drought in the erst­while Nalgonda dis­trict and pro­vide ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter to farmers for two crops on four lakh acres.

He said Nalgonda will be com­pletely trans­formed once the 4,000 MW ul­tra power plant in Da­macherla com­mences op­er­a­tions in the next two years.

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