YSR upbeat on State’s power generation
Lays foundation for Pranahita-Chevella Sujala Sravanthi project in Adilabad
TUMMIDIHETTI (ADILABAD DT.):
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday said the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Pranahita-Chevella Sujala Sravanthi project will lead to creation of massive power generation capability in the State. He said as much as 13,500 MW of power can be generated once the ambitious Rs. 38,500-crore project gets completed.
Laying the foundation stone for the project on the banks of the Pranahita River, the Chief Minister said the new power generation capability will meet the requirement of 3,500 MW of power for running the project. He said the government has already started planning for the massive proposed power generation.
Talking about the rationale for spending heavily for irrigating the 16 lakh acres in Telangana region, Mr. Reddy said there was a dire need for feeding the 110 crore population in the country. He said a high of about Rs. 2.5 lakh was being spent to irrigate each acre through the project only to enable the State produce enough foodgrains.
The Chief Minister said his government was committed to development of Telangana region in every way that was possible.
He said each of acres of land that has a chance for irrigation will be supplied water. The Pranahita project that required lifting of water to a height of about 500 metres was an example of such a commitment of his government, he added.
Praise for YSR
Deputy leader of Congress in Parliament and Peddapalli MP G. Venkatswamy praised Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy for making the project a reality. He said no Chief Minister in the State had dared to go in for the Pranahita project since the country gained independence. Adilabad MP A. Indrakaran Reddy, Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Laxmaiah, R&B Minister and district in charge T. Jeevan Reddy, Laboour Minister G. Vinod, Adilabad MLA and District Congress Committee (DCC) president C. Ramchander Reddy, Luxettipet MLA N. Diwakar Rao, Sirpur MLA Koneru Konappa, Boath MLA Soyam Bapu Rao, MLCs Sultan Ahmed and K. Premsagar Rao also attended the programme among others.
The Chief Minister gave away a cheque worth Rs. 83.75 crore to the district SG Federation and felicitated Venkatrama Rao a retired Chief Engineer who was instrumental in designing the Pranahita project.
YSR flayed for lack of progress on Pranahita
Telangana Rashtra Samiti legislator T. Harish Rao on Tuesday alleged that Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has been cheating people of the region by a laying number of foundation stones for Pranahita –Chevella irrigation project.
“Had any one in the past laid so many stones for one single project? Is it nothing but hoodwinking. How can the government justify releasing only Rs. 250 crore in the budget for the Rs. 55,000 crore project?” asked Harish Rao.
Speaking to reporters here, he alleged that Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy was not committed towards development of Telangana. He compared the ongoing works of Pothireddypadu head regulator with that of projects in the Telangana region.
Coming down heavily on district in-charge Minister Ponnala Laksmaiah, the TRS legislator asked why the Minister failed to hold the district review committee meeting. Mr. Harish Rao said that the power crisis has been fast approaching and it was estimated that Siddipet constituency alone needs about 80 transformers. He demanded that DRC should discuss the issue.
Memorandum to YSR
Residents of the Sangareddy town on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy urging him to shift the proposed location of the new building of the jail. Along with MLA T. Jayaprakash Reddy they met Chief Minister at Hyderabad.
YSR to interact with over 35,000 SHG members
Loans worth Rs. 140 crore to be distributed at the meeting
Members of VOs from five districts will attend the meeting
YSR to lay stone for ‘maha gopuram’ atop Indrakeeladri
A record amount of Rs.140 crores will be distributed to members of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) of Krishna district in the form of bank linkage (loans) during Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s visit to the city on Thursday, according to district Collector N. Sridhar.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday the Collector said the Chief Minister would spend close to two-and-a-half hours in Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium, interacting with about 35,750 members of SHGs drawn from five districts as part of a series of regional meetings he had been having with women SHGs. Each village organisation (VO), the most primary unit of the SHG structure under Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP), would be represented by five members.
VO members from Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore and Khammam districts would attend the meeting and some of them would share their experiences in SHG movement with the Chief Minister. Krishna district alone was being represented by about 9,000 members from 1,500 VOs.
Of the Rs.140 crores loans planned to be given away to the Krishna Zilla Samakhya, Rs. 110 crores would go to 5,600 rural SHGs and the remaining Rs. 30 crores to about 2,000 urban SHGs. With this, the total amount of loans distributed to SHGs by banks in Krishna district during the current financial year would reach Rs. 340 crores as against a target of Rs. 460 crores. About other programmes in the Chief Minister’s tour, the Collector said Dr. Reddy would reach Gannavaram airport by helicopter around 10 a.m. and drive down straight to Indrakeeladri, the abode of goddess Kanakadurga for a darshan of the goddess and to lay foundation stone for a ‘maha gopuram’ to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 32 crores. The Chief Minister would leave Indrakeeladri around 10.45 a.m. and reach the stadium at 11 a.m. for interaction with the SHG members.
Post-lunch, Dr. Reddy would address a meeting of the BC Ikya Vedika in Tummalapallivari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram from 2.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. before departing for Gudlavalleru by air.