KARIMNAGAR: In the name of projects, crores of public money is being handed over to private persons by the TRS government and this must be stopped immediately, BJP state chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar told Union minister for environment Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Saturday.
Without taking permission from the Union Jal Shakti ministry and without submitting detailed project reports (DPR) to the Centre, the state government is taking up construction of projects, Sanjay said and demanded a full-fledged inquiry into the alleged corruption that prevails.
He said that before constructing an irrigation project any state government must prepare a DPR and submit it to the Centre. It is only after getting permission that the state should get a no-objection certificate from the environment ministry.
But the Telangana state government had not submitted DPRs for any project and by increasing the project cost several times was looting public money in the form of commissions from contractors, he said.
Even after the Jal Shakti ministry asked the state government for submission of DPRs on a number of occasions, it has not obliged fearing that the corruption could be exposed, Sanjay claimed. The Apex Council on the Godavari and the Krishna had also informed the state government that submission of DPRs on irrigation projects was mandatory, but the Telangana state government has ignored them, he added.
The state government is taking permission from the environment department keeping in view the National Green Tribunal and NGT is giving permissions only considering the environmental factors. This had become an advantage for the state government.
Sanjay urged Javadekar to come up with strict rules for giving nod to irrigation projects and making it compulsory to take permission from the Jal Shakti ministry....