All displaced will get justice: Devineni
All displaced will get justice: Devineni.Minister for Irrigation and Water Resources Devineni Umamaheshwara Rao said that all the pending projects in the State would be completed in the next four years at a cost of Rs 25,000 crore.
- Minister promises completion of pending projects in 4 years
- Slams Jagan for unwanted criticism of Pattiseema project
Ongole: Minister for Irrigation and Water Resources Devineni Umamaheshwara Rao said that all the pending projects in the State would be completed in the next four years at a cost of Rs 25,000 crore. The Minister inspected the works pertaining to the Gundlakamma Irrigation project, here on Saturday night. He also lambasted YSRCP leader Jaganmohan Reddy for his unwanted criticism of Pattiseema project.
Later, addressing the farmers, Devineni said that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, in order to give priority to complete the pending projects, resorted to zero-based budgeting. He said that justice would be done to all the displaced persons due to the construction of Gundlakamma project. Those who lost their lands would be paid compensation and rehabilitated, he added.
The Minister said that the farmers would get water for irrigation from the Gundlakamma project by the next kharif season. Coming down heavily on the YSR Congress Party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy for indulging in corruption and nepotism, he wanted Jagan to explain as to how the cost of the project escalated from Rs 194 crore to Rs 594 crore during the tenure of his father, the late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.
He lashed out at the YSRCP president for his unwarranted criticism against the Pattiseema project, which was being taken up by the State government with lot of foresight to provide water for drinking and irrigation purposes to the people of the Rayalaseema region. The Pattiseema project would be useful for proper utilization of the river waters of Godavari. Otherwise, the river water would just flow into the ocean unutilized, he said. The Irrigation Minister said that the Polavaram project would be completed in four years.
He said that the canals of the Nagarjunasagar Reservoir would be modernised at an estimated cost of Rs 2,000 crore to provide water to the ayacut lands. He said that the first phase of the Velugonda Project would be completed by 2016 and an action plan has already been readied. The Minister said that water from the Nagarjunasagar reservoir would be utilised for saving the crops in the two Telugu states. He said that the farmers in the districts of Khammam, Nalgonda and Krishna should be provided water from the left canal of the Nagarjunasagar.
Parchur MLA Eluri Sambasiva Rao expressed happiness over the Minister’s decision to provide water from the Gundlakamma project from the next kharif season. He requested the Minister to release water into some of the irrigation tanks which have just 15 per cent of water. Ongole MLA D Janardhana Rao lauded the Minister for taking a favourable decision in providing drinking water to the people of Ongole town from the Gundlakamma Reservoir. Former MP Karanam Balaramakrishnamurthi, District Collector Dr Hari Jawaharlal and others were present.