‘Congress alone can complete Polavaram’
The project cost works out to Rs.10,151 crore
Indirasagar ensures drinking water to 540 villages
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has said that the Government’s sheer will power had led to taking up of the Indirasagar (Polavaram) multipurpose irrigation project, despite many hurdles.
Dr. Reddy made the remarks when a group of leaders from Coastal Andhra, accompanied by Major Irrigation Minister P. Lakshmaiah, called on him here on Sunday.
He said: This is a one of its kind project in the country and unique in many ways – be it the vast areas it will bring under cultivation, or the quantum of water brought into utilisation.
The project, the long cherished dream of Andhra Pradesh, has been taken up as a challenge and only we can complete it in a fixed timeframe. “The project, which nobody else dared to lay hands upon, will be completed within three years.
The clearances secured in the shortest possible time speak volumes about our commitment. The project serves the larger interests of crores of people in the three regions,” Dr. Reddy remarked.
A press release from the Chief Minister’s Office said Dr. Reddy expressed happiness over getting all clearances for the project, which would irrigate 7.2 lakh acres utilising 273 TMC.
It ensures drinking water to 540 villages benefiting 28.5 lakh people, besides providing 23.5 TMC for industry. It provides for diversion of 80 TMC to the Krishna Delta, in a first of its kind irrigation initiative linking two major rivers. Under the project, hydel power generation will be 960 MW. The project cost works out to Rs.10,151 crore, including land compensation, resettlement and rehabilitation.
Actor Manchu Vishnu ties the knot
Camaraderie: Union Minister for Power Sushil Kumar Shinde and Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy with actor Mohan Babu at the latter’s son’s wedding on Sunday.
Actor Manchu Vishnu, son of Mohan Babu, former Rajya Sabha member and filmmaker, tied the knot with Viranica, daughter of Y.S. Sudheekar Reddy, younger brother of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and grand-daughter of C.C. Reddy, advisor to government, on Sunday morning.
The event at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here saw most of tinsel-town celebrities marking their presence, apart from a host of political leaders.
Among those who attended were Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, his Cabinet colleagues K. Rosaiah (Finance) and Jana Reddy (Home), Leader of Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu and actor Balakrishna, Union Minister for Power Sushil Kumar Shinde and former Union Minister and filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao.
Those from the film industry included superstar Rajnikanth, music maestro Ilayaraja, thespian Akkineni Nageswara Rao, directors K. Raghavendra Rao, Y.V.S. Chowdary and V.V. Vinayak, filmmaker Allu Arvind, and media baron Ch. Ramoji Rao, among others.
Congress committed to SC categorisation: YSR
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Sunday that Congress was committed to categorisation of SCs and had not betrayed Madiga community.
Participating in a discussion on SC categorisation on a private television channel Dr. Reddy denied that the MRPS activist, Surendra Madiga, had resorted to self –immolation.
He said the MRPS city leader had sustained serious burns when the watch and ward staff of the Gandhi Bhavan was trying to prevent him from setting ablaze the building. “It is not self-immolation as being projected,” he added.
The Chief Minister said there is no place for violence in democracy.He clarified that he had supported the MRPS demand on categorisation despite the fall out from another powerful SC sub-caste.
It was at the instance of Congress that a committee was constituted three years back to study the issue and the Cabinet had also approved the recommendations of the panel, he said.
He noted that lack of absolute majority for the Congress and legal tangles had delayed the passage of the legislation on sub-categorisation in the Parliament. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumantha Rao condemned the attack on Gandhi Bhavan. Government Whip Mallu Ravi advised MRPS leader Manda Krishna to adopt non-violent methods to get their grievances redressed.