TDP for removing illegally installed gates on Babli project

The TDP has demanded that the AP govt prevail upon the Centre to make the government of Maharashtra remove all the gates that have been illegally installed on the controversial Babli project across river Godavari.

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2010, 17:22 PM IST

Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party has
demanded that the Andhra Pradesh government prevail upon the
Centre to make the government of Maharashtra remove all the
gates that have been illegally installed on the controversial
Babli project across river Godavari.

A delegation of TDP MPs, MLAs and MLCs led by
Parliamentary Party leader Nama Nageswara Rao and senior MLA E
Dayakar Rao met Chief Minister K Rosaiah here today and
submitted a memorandum alleging that the Maharashtra
government completed the construction of Babli project
illegally, in violation of the Supreme Court and the Central
Water Commission orders.

The total number of such illegal projects on river
Godavari increased to 14 now, they said.

"This is only a forerunner to the impending catastrophe
as the illegal projects built by Maharashtra will deprive
water for irrigation to 18 lakh acres in six districts of the
backward Telangana region," the TDP leaders said.

They recalled the relentless fight they waged in the last
four years against the Maharashtra Government on the illegal
irrigation projects and the numerous petitions they filed with
the Government of India and the Supreme Court.

"Despite all this, the Maharashtra government went ahead
with the construction of Babli and other projects and
completed them," they said.

The TDP wanted the state government to initiate all
required measures to protect the ayacut under the Sriram Sagar
Project and protect the interests of farmers of Telangana
region.

PTI