TDP men open Yellampalli pipeline valve to fill a local tank

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Karimnagar: The agitations by the Communist parties and the Telugu Desam Party against the diversion of the Yellampalli project water to Hyderabad are becoming severe on a daily basis.

- Activists accuse government of doing injustice to local people by releasing water to other districts
- They warn to divert water from the project pipeline elsewhere in the district
- Agitations by Communist parties & TDP against diversion of the project water to Hyderabad becoming severe

Karimnagar: The agitations by the Communist parties and the Telugu Desam Party against the diversion of the Yellampalli project water to Hyderabad are becoming severe on a daily basis. The parties want the State government to first meet the water needs of the people of the district before releasing it to other districts. The project has ample water, unlike other irrigation projects in the State (due to severe drought conditions in many Telangana districts).

The TDP activists on Friday midnight opened the valve of the project pipeline near Pusala village in Sultanabad mandal to fill a local tank, while opposing the release of water to Hyderabad and Medak districts, without meeting needs of the district. They stayed put at the spot till Saturday. The party warned of intensifying the agitation if the State government fails to respond to the party’s demand.

The TDP, under the leadership of party president Vijayaramana has been agitating pointing out that the water available in the project is not useful for the people of the district. He removed the valve itself and released the water into field on the outskirts of Pusala. The water flow continued for eight hours, leading to higher officials expressing their ire at the indifference of the Irrigation department staff. The officials are angry with the irrigation staff.

As the project officials failed to respond and take corrective measures, water went on overflowing for eight hours. After the issue was highlighted by the media, the police restrained the TDP activists and stopped the water flow, following which there was heated arguments between the activists and the police.

The TDP activists, while accusing the government of doing injustice to local people by releasing water to other districts, warned that they would divert the water from the project pipeline elsewhere in the district, if the government fails to respond to the demand.

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