Monday, December 11, 2017
At a roundtable held here today, leaders of various political parties have urged the Chief Minster Nara Chandrababu Naidu to take an all party delegation to Delhi to meet Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari on the issue of Polavaram Project.
The round table was presided by YSRCP city convener and former MLA Rowthu Suryaprakasa Rao proposed that the Chief Minister failed to take the delegation, leaders of parties should go to Delhi along with BJP MPs and MLAs in the State. Godavari districts farmers’ association leader Yerneni Nagendra Rao faulted the Chief Minister on the project. He demanded the government to come out with White Paper on the project issue to clear the doubts in the minds of the people.
AP Bar Council member Muppalla Subba Rao and CPI leader Nalla Ramarao asked the government why it had taken the construction responsibility when there was a clear mention in the AP Reorganization Act that the Centre should bear the entire cost. Former Congress MP Vundavalli Arun Kumar expressed his dismay over the reluctance by Chandrababu to release White Paper on the project.
Meanwhile, B.Rajendranath Reddy, Chairman of the AP Legislative Assembly’s PAC and Dhone MLA has demanded that an all-party delegation be taken to Delhi seeking takeover of the prestigious project by the Centre. Speaking to media in Hyderabad today, he said instead of frequently visiting Polavaram, Chandrababu should lead an all-party delegation to Delhi and convince the Centre to take up the project.
Opposition creating hurdles to the project’, says Chandrababu
Chandrababu Naidu today came heavily on the Opposition parties accusing them of trying to create hurdles in the construction of the project. He visted the project site and inspected the ongoing work at the spillway. He held a review meeting with the engineers and contractors. Speaking to media, he said that he will be going to Delhi to meet the Union Minister on the recent developments in the construction of the project. In response to a question on the demand of Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan and others demanding White Paper, he said that there was no need for it as they were posting all details about the project on the website. He said that the Centre had to release Rs.3,200 crore and Rs.17.18 lakh per acre each to 95,818 of the two lakh total evacuees.