Telangana has Every Right to Build Palamuru Project: Irrigation Minister

Published: 13th June 2015 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2015 08:08 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Even as the AP government is crying foul over the Telangana government diverting Krishna waters for its irrigation projects, Telangana irrigation minister T Harish Rao asserted that his government’s right to build Palamuru Lift Irrigation and Dindi irrigation projects.

Refuting AP government’s charge that Telangana government does not have permission to build the said irrigation projects, he asked whether AP government had acquired permission for Pottireddypadu, Handri-Neeva, Valigonda among other projects.

Speaking to newsmen here on Friday, he said: “We have several petitions pending before the Supreme Court and Brijesh Kumar Tribunal. Even as we take up projects, we will get the permissions because justice is on our side. We are just following your approach.”

On Palamuri Lift Irrigation project, he said the then chief minister of United AP N Kiran Kumar Reddy had issued GO 72 that permitted utilisation of 70 TMC waters of Krishna waters.

Similarly, he recalled that the then YS Rajasekhar Reddy government had accorded administrative approval for Dindi project through GO 159 and put the estimated cost at `1.35 lakh crore.

“We are just following both these GOs issued in united AP. Let, (Devineni) Uma answer whether or not these GOs were issued in the united AP. That means, the AP government wants to hoodwink people of Telangana by just issuing GOs and not allowing actual projects,” he remarked.


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