CPI slams government for not discussing Babli

Karimnagar: CPI state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy found fault with the State government for not uttering a single word about the controversial Babli project, a barrage being built by Maharastra government as it made an understanding with that State for the construction of Medigadda and other projects.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Venkat Reddy opined that water flow into Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP), which considered as the lifeline of Telangana, has come down following the construction of Babli barrage across River Godavari in Maharashtra. Unfortunately, Babli was raised in the back waters of SRSP, which provides water to 16 lakh acres in north Telangana.

He opined that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, with the help of Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, should have been tried to convince his counterpart Devendra Fadnavis to lift the gates of Babli and let off water into SRSP, which was bone-dry following a prolonged dry spell.

Talking about reducing the height from 152 meter to 148 meter, he opined that KCR has done great injustice to the region by reducing the height. The government has decided to lift water by setting up barrages at Medigadda, Annaram and Sundilla and dump it in Yellampalli project. It requires about Rs 400 crore to lift one tmc water.

Hence it is going to be a huge burden for the government, subsequently for the public, he opined. KCR had assured to organise all party meeting to discuss about the government’s irrigation policy, but so far not a single meeting was held, he pointed out. Talking about Assembly sessions which will commence from Thursday, he wanted the government to maintain restraint and accept the advices of the Opposition, instead of attacking them.

The CPI leader informed that they would raise voice for bringing changes in Revenue Acts, drought relief measures, pensions, double bedroom houses, contract and out-sourcing workers, KG to PG education, fee reimbursement, loan waiver to farmers, party defections and other issues in the Assembly.

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