Chandrababu meets PM Modi, seeks special category status for Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought special category status for the state, which was bifurcated last year.

PTI| Updated: Jan 15, 2015, 22:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought special category status for the state, which was bifurcated last year.

Naidu told reporters that he made a strong plea to Modi to extend a special package for his State and special category status for five years.

Andhra Pradesh required greater attention from the Centre as a "great injustice" was done in the process of bifurcation, the Chief Minister said.

He further demanded special financial support to create essential facilities in the new capital of successor state of Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier, he urged Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati to complete the Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project within four years.

"We have sought completion of the Polavaram project within four to four-and-a-half years before the next elections," he said after meeting Bharati.

He also urged the Union Water Resources Ministry to make Andhra Pradesh a model state for water resource management.

Naidu also asked Bharati to consider linking of Godavari and Krishna rivers in the wake of the NDA government actively pursuing various river interlinking projects in the country.

Bharati said the Polavaram project was the nation's pride and offered to extend all possible assistance for the purpose.

The Polavaram irrigation project has been declared a national project which the Centre is to execute it as per the AP Reorganisation Act.

Naidu also met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Commerce and Industries Nirmala Sitharaman, the release added.