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Not a drop more to M'rashtra: CM

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Assures Oppn of all steps to safeguard state's interestsA Govt to seek legal opinion to decide on review petitionA Oppn blames Govt for...

Assures Oppn of all steps to safeguard state's interestsA
  • Govt to seek legal opinion to decide on review petitionA
  • Oppn blames Govt for dealing with the issue in a haphazard manner
Hyderabad: The All-Party Meeting over the Supreme Court verdict on Babhali cm1witnessed heated arguments on Thursday as leaders of different political parties blamed the government, for what they called, dealing with the issue in a haphazard manner. Voicing grave concern over the threat posed by the Supreme Court verdict to the interests of the farmers in the region, they came down heavily on the government for failing to prove the wrong motives of the Maharashtra government in constructing the Project. They said that Maharashtra had built five irrigation projects on the Godavari and its drawl was over and above its stipulated share of 60 tmc. Telangana districts would be bearing the brunt of it, they pointed out. They wanted the government to consider the option of review petition to fight the case further in Supreme Court. Allaying the apprehensions of the opposition parties, the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said, the State Government was ready to go to any extent to safeguard the interests of the farmers if they were deprived of their due share of water because of the construction of Babhali project. Kiran Reddy said the government would not allow Maharastra to draw not a drop more than their share. He also said that another round of All Party Meeting would be convened on the issue and suggestions of the political parties will be taken to decide whether it would be right to opt for a review petition or to go in for clarification petition. The Chief Minister asked them to suggest the best advocates who could argue the case for the State. "I will take up the issue to the notice of Prime Minister," he said. On the other hand, Minister for Major Irrigation P Sudarshan Reddy said that the government wanted to constitute a panel consisting of irrigation and legal experts to get a report on what it should do next to protect the interests of the state. He added that he would lead the all party delegation to New Delhi if necessary to represent the issue to the Prime Minister. TDP leader and former minister Kadiam Srihari pointed out that Babhali was located within 10km from Andhra Pradesh border and it was within the foreshore area of Sriram Sagar, a major irrigation project of the state. Nowhere in the world, one would find a project within a project and every drop of water taken from Babhali was in fact the water that should flow into Sriram Sagar and irrigate lands in Andhra Pradesh. He wanted the government to wake up and take steps to save the interests of the farmers of the state. Telangana Rastra Samithi leader Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy said that according to the Godavari Water Disputes Bachawat Tribunal, Maharashtra had a right to utilize 60 tmcft water, but it had already utilized 50 tmcft by completing five projects such as Majalgoan (12.4 tmcft), Dhudna (14 tmcft), Manjeera (11.2 tmcft), Therna (11 tmcft) and Vishnupuri (1.4 tmcft)". In addition to them 12 more projects - Andura (2.10 tmcft), Digras (3.05 tmcft), Mooli (1.7 tmcft), Dudgal (2.03 tmcft), Dhalegoan (2.6 tmcft), Loni Sangvi (2.95 tmcft), Raja Takli (2.15 tmcft), Mangroos (9.86 tmcft), Jogadevi (1.96 tmcft), Hidanpuri (1.95 tmcft), Appigoan (1.84 tmcft) and Babhali (4.62 tmcft) were being constructed illegally below Vishnupuri project. CPI floor leader G Mallesh said the future of Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) and farmers of six Telangana districts would be miserable once all these small and medium project are completed. BJP state president G Kishan Reddy and CPI(M) legislator, J Ranga Reddy said that the government should prevent Maharastra from drawing more than 60 tmc from Godavari. YSRCP leader B Goverdan, MIM MLC Syed Amin Jafri, Laxman Balaji of Lok Satta party, S Malla Reddy of CPI-M, Errabelli Dayakara Rao and Vengopalachari of Telugu Desam, Kunamneni Sambasiva Rao of CPI, Sankineni Vekateswara Rao and K K Mahender Reddy of YSRCP and Vidyasagar Rao (TRS) also wanted the government to safeguard the interests of the state by all means.
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