Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party has requested
the Centre to confer national status on two major irrigation
projects –“Polavaram and Pranahita-Chevella”- in Andhra
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, TDP
president N Chandrababu Naidu said the two major irrigation
projects were "very crucial" and unless the Union Government
supports by treating them as National projects, it would be
very difficult for the state government to complete them in
"Polavaram project, which has been pending for years,
caters to the needs of people in at least four districts and
irrigates nearly seven lakh acres besides generating power.
Likewise, the Pranahita-Chevella project is aimed at providing
irrigation facility to 16.40 lakh acres in seven drought-prone
districts of Andhra apart from providing drinking water to the
state capital," Chandrababu pointed out.
The Andhra Pradesh government has so far spent Rs 51,000
crore in the name of `Jalayagnam` in the last five years
without concomitant expansion of irrigation facilities. Even
the Planning Commission too pointed out to this, he said.
"It is estimated that another Rs two lakh crore are
needed to complete all the irrigation projects taken up by the
state under the ambitious Jalayagnam programme. The state
government cannot complete these priority projects on its own
excepting repeating its glib talk," the TDP chief said.
"I, therefore, request you to kindly intervene and
arrange for conferring national project status to both
Polavaram and Pranahita-Chevella at an early date and help
fulfill the long-pending demands of the people of Andhra
Pradesh," Chandrababu requested Singh.