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Telangana farmers, TDP legislators protest against Babli Dam

Thousands of farmers from Andhra Pradeshs Telangana region and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislators held a protest demonstration here on Monday over the issue of Babli Dam, being built across the Godavari River in Maharashtras Nanded District.

New Delhi, May 14 : Thousands of farmers from Andhra Pradesh's Telangana region and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislators held a protest demonstration here on Monday over the issue of Babli Dam, being built across the Godavari River in Maharashtra's Nanded District.

They said the Dam would submerge thousands of hectares of fertile farmland and could displace thousands of people.

Farmers demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should intervene and direct Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh to halt the project.

"This project is going to affect the farmers badly. At Babli, they are constructing a reservoir and in the process Telangana area of Andhra Pradesh will lose 18 lakh acres of soil. Two years back we brought this to the notice of Andhra Pradesh Government but no action was taken. We have raised this issue many times in the Parliament and in the Assembly, but nothing has been done," said TDP leader N. Chandrababu Naidu.

Earlier today, the Parliament was adjourned for the day over the same issue.

TDP MPs took the charge and raised the issue of Babli Dam. They alleged that the Maharashtra Government was constructing the dam across the Godavari River "illegally" and shouted that the construction would hit the flow of water to Andhra Pradesh.

K Yerrannaidu, the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha, initiated the protest and he along with his party men were on their feet as soon as the House assembled.

In Rajya Sabha too, the party's MPs demonstrated over the impact of Babli dam on the AP farmers.

Earlier last month, Prime Minister Singh had directed Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz to discuss the contentious issue of Babli project with the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra and "facilitate an amicable solution".

The issue is currently in the Supreme Court, which has asked the Centre to resolve the row amicably through talks with the two State Governments.

Andhra Pradesh alleges that the project, which has a potential to draw 65 TMC water out of the 90 TMC capacity Sriramsagar project, would deprive seven districts of Telangana of drinking water.

The State also says Maharashtra has been violating an agreement and direction of the Central Water Commission in the regard.

ANI

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