Protests for district status to Mulug
Mild tension prevailed in Hanamkonda on Thursday as large numbers of activists of different political parties staged a protest under the aegis of Samakka-Saralamma Mulug Zilla Sadhana Committee, seeking the formation of a new tribal district.
Mulug/Warangal: Mild tension prevailed in Hanamkonda on Thursday as large numbers of activists of different political parties staged a protest under the aegis of Samakka-Saralamma Mulug Zilla Sadhana Committee, seeking the formation of a new tribal district. Workers of Congress, TDP, BJP and Left-wing parties and the Zilla Sadhana Committee members have embarked on a rally on nearly 200 motorbikes from Mulug Mandal headquarters to lay siege to the District Collectorate in Hanamkonda.
The rally was led by former MLAs Seetakka and Podem Veeraiah, Zilla Sadhana Committee founder Munjal Bikshapathi and JAC president N Kumaraswamy, BJP leader Ch Bhasker Reddy, Congress leader N Vinay Kumar and CPI leader Jampala Ravinder. The police have prevented the protesters after the rally reached Ekasila Park in Hanamkonda.
Heated arguments took place between the police and the protestors, who insisted the police to allow them to go into the Collectorate to stage the protest. However, the police told them that only 10 persons would be allowed to go to the Collectorate. Following which Seetakka, Veeraiah, and few others reached the Collectorate and submitted a memorandum to district revenue officer K Shoba in connection with their demand.
Speaking to presspersons, Seetakka demanded Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to fulfil his promise of establishing a tribal district with Mulug as its headquarters as large numbers of tribals live in the area. If the district was established, the tribal population could witness development.
‘Mulug is the largest assembly segment spread in 305.024 hectares covering Mulug, Venkatapuram, Govindaraopet, SS Tadwai and Eturunagaram Mandal. It has got historically important monuments like Ramappa Temple and water bodies like Ramappa and Laknavaram Lakes,’ Seetakka said.
Mulug has got all the facilities required and it would be a more suitable place than Bhupalpally to serve as district headquarters. The place was well connected with NH 163 and NH 363 passing through it yet it witnessed less development due to a negligence of Seemandhra rulers, said Kumaraswamy.
Bhupalpally being a coal town highly polluted and it was facing water scarcity. ‘Mulug is centrally located, is free from pollution and there are rich mineral deposits whose exploration could help to generate employment to locals,’ he added.