NELLORE: TD legislators Gottipati Ravikumar, Yeluri Sambasiva Rao and Dola Bala Veeranjaneya Swamy urged Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to take back his August 23 letter that he addressed to the Union government against Veligonda project.
In a letter addressed to Rao on behalf of the farming community and people of Prakasam district on Sunday, the legislators found fault with Rao for stating that there is no permission for the project.
They recalled that the project was one among the six mentioned in the AP State Reorganisation Act and that Kalwakurthy and Nettempadu projects in Telangana were also part of them.
“The project was missing in the recent gazette notification pertaining to Krishna River Management Board because of the failure of AP government. The state government neglected its inclusion in the gazette even after being reminded about it last month” the legislators alleged while squarely blaming Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for the situation.
They said it was wrong on the part of Telangana to raise objections against Veligonda taking advantage of AP government’s laxity while reminding that Prakasam district is the most backward area in the state.
“A foundation stone was laid for the project in 1996 and work began in 2005. There is no permission to Nettempadu and Kalwakurthy also if you argue that the Veligonda project is illegal” the TD leaders asserted.
They observed that this situation could have been prevented if the AP government had included the project in the central gazette soon after the release of the gazette related to KRMB.