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APCC demands Rs.10,000 crore central fund for Polavaram project

APCC demands Rs.10,000 crore central fund for Polavaram project
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Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Sunday demanded the union government to allocate Rs 10,000 crore budget for the Polavaram multi- purpose project and constitute an authority to oversee the project.

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Sunday demanded the union government to allocate Rs 10,000 crore budget for the Polavaram multi- purpose project and constitute an authority to oversee the project.

APCC President N Raghuveera Reddy said in a press release that the TDP-led state government failed to take up the Polavaram project issue with the centre even though the Congress-led UPA accorded central project status to the project.

He alleged that the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu released Rs 300 crore as mobilisation advance for the project but no works were taken up for the last eight months. The project has been taken up by the then Congress government in 2004 with an aim to bring one crore acres of land under cultivation. The Congress government also constituted a committee with 150 experts to address the issues ranging from submergence, rehabilitation of the displaced and drinking water supply to Rayalaseema by linking the project to Krishna river, he explained.

Demanding the CM to stop the construction of Pattuseema lift project beside Polvaram until the water allocation to the lift scheme is finalised, Reddy said the governments at the centre and in the state also failed to address the grievances of the people of the submerged areas in both Telangana and AP. The Congress leader said Naidu had cheated people on all fronts by not fulfilling the promises made in his party election manifesto.

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