PM convenes meeting on August 2 for Babhli issue

Andhra CM today expressed hope that the meeting convened by Prime Minister in New Delhi on August 2 with him and Maharashtra Chief Minister would help find solution to the inter-state dispute over Babhli project.

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2010, 23:10 PM IST

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K
Rosaiah today expressed hope that the meeting convened by
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on August 2 with
him and Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan would help
find solution to the inter-state dispute over Babhli project.

Rosaiah told newsmen here tonight that the Prime
Minister`s Office called him over phone this evening and
informed that the Prime Minister convened a meeting at 7 pm on
August 2 with Chief Ministers of two states to resolve the
Babhli issue.

"This is a follow-up to our all-party delegation`s
representation to the Prime Minister on July 26 on the illegal
irrigation projects being built by Maharashtra on Godavari. We
wanted a political solution to the problem and we shall once
again present our case effectively to the Prime Minister,"
Rosaiah said.

"I am hopeful that the meeting with Prime Minister will
result in a resolution (of the inter-state dispute)," the
Chief Minister said, adding "we need not go to the meeting
with pessimism."

As a prelude to the meeting with the Prime Minister, he
has convened an all-party meeting once again on August 1 to
discuss the Babhli issue.

"All the parties in the state have endorsed our
viewpoint on the Babhli issue in one voice. We will seek
further suggestions, if any, from the political parties," the
Chief Minister added.

PTI